Exquisite first edition, first printing of “The Light With Its Harmony: Shizo Fukuhara / Roso Fukuhara – Photographs 1913-1941” published by The Watari Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo in 1992 on the occasion of a major exhibition of the Fukuhara brothers work at the museum. “. The book is a wonderful and important resource for the work of the Fukuhara brothers and includes biographies of the artists and texts (in Japanese and English), including Foreword by Shizuko Watari, “My Uncles, Shinzo and Roso” by Yoshiharu Fukuhara, “Living Well is the Best Revenge” by Kotaro Sugiyama, “A Place Where the Light is Just Right: Shinzo and Roso Fukuhara” by Kotaro Iizawa, “Shinzo Fukuhara’s Active Period” by Noriyoshi Sawamoto.
Beautiful photographic reproductions throughout – 54 Duotone Photographs by Shinzo Fukuhara and 35 Duotone Photographs by Roso Fukuhara.
Often called the father of Japanese modern photography, Shinzo Fukuhara– a traveler, a businessman, an aesthete, a theorist, is an author of nostalgic, melancholy pictures and considered a pioneer of Japanese art photography and a true renaissance man. Trained as a scientist and pharmacologist in Japan and the U.S. (Columbia University), he was the first CEO of Shiseido Company, Ltd and a pioneer in modern cosmetic marketing and design. In 1912 he traveled to Europe visiting England, Italy, Germany and France, where he settled in Paris. There he joined a group of young Japanese artists and while there took over 2000 photographs of the city (later published as “Paris et la Seine” in 1922). In 1923 Shinzo Fukuhara published his groundbreaking book “Hikari to Sono Kaicho” (Light with its Harmony) which proposed applying the Japanese aesthetic of haiku poetry to photography.
Shizo’s contributions to creating and promoting photography as an art form cannot be overstated. In 1921 he and his brother Roso Fukuhara established the Shashin Geijutsu-sha, a group of art photographers dedicated to pictorialism. This group mounted exhibitions at the prestigious Shiseido Gallery and published the journal Shashin Geijutsu. His brother Roso Fukuhara was also an accomplished photographer. Despite never having his photography published, he is considered a major contributor to the Japanese pictorialist photographic tradition with his strikingly modern approach, breaking from the past to create experimental photographic juxtapositions and printing methods. In 1924 Shinzo and Roso founded the Nihon Shashin-kai (Japan Photographic Society).
In his essay, “The History and Theory of Photography”, Kotaro Iizawa writing about the Fukuhara brothers wrote, “Even amid such exquisite settings as a vast field, tall mountains, or a city street, one must be in a place where the light is just right, or one does not have the material for a photograph.” These words, stated by Shinzo Fukuhara, keep alive the photos and the memories of the Fukuhara brothers even today.”
A fine example of a now very rare and sought after original museum book on two of Japan’s most important modern art photographers. Comes with inserted invitation to the later “Masters of Light” 2005 exhibition on the photographic work of Shinzo, Nobutatsu and Nobuyoshi Fukuhara and House of Shiseido, Ginza, Tokyo.
* Condition: Very Good/Fine (a tight, clean copy throughout, with very little wear, protected in original dust jacket) – All care is taken to provide accurate condition details of used books, photos available on request.
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