Yasuzo Nojima

Catalogue from the 1991 exhibition at the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, Japan

Yasuzo Nojima (1889 – 1964) is well known for his contributions to both Japanese and world photography as an artist and publisher.  He was instrumental in raising photography’s status as a fine art in Japan in the 1930s.  He published the periodical Koga in 1932.  The magazine was the first devoted to modern photography in Japan and the first to present Japanese photographers to the rest of the world.

Nojima introduced a new photographic aesthetic to Japan, one that concentrated on the technical and aesthetic qualities of photography in its own right rather than as an imitation of paintings.  Nojima’s early works, which were gum-dichromate prints, had a soft focus with a pictorial vision. His later still lifes and nudes, though still soft, were striking in their simple and direct forms.

Yasuzo Nojima and Contemporaries
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