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Tatsugoro Inoue - Kawara Yaki (Roof Tiles)
Tatsugoro Inoue
Kawara Yaki (Roof Tiles)
$500
Yasunosuke Nakamura - Kissa-ten (The Coffee Shop)
Yasunosuke Nakamura
Kissa-ten (The Coffee Shop)
$500
Shin Sakurai - Asakusa no Asa (Asakusa Morning)
Shin Sakurai
Asakusa no Asa (Asakusa Morning)
$500
Ryoma Awaya - Mori No Shinpi (Mystical Forest)
Ryoma Awaya
Mori No Shinpi (Mystical Forest)
$500
Sekichi Sugawara - Mahiru no Ryo (Midday Fishing)
Sekichi Sugawara
Mahiru no Ryo (Midday Fishing)
$500
Shiro Terajima - Kyoruuchi no Gogo (Afternoon in Foreigners District, Kobe)
Shiro Terajima
Kyoruuchi no Gogo (Afternoon in Foreigners District, Kobe)
$500
Kentaro Ogasawara - Hana no Kagyo (Wilting Flower)
Kentaro Ogasawara
Hana no Kagyo (Wilting Flower)
$500
Jiryu Nagata - Kyoto Sketch
Jiryu Nagata
Kyoto Sketch
$500
Shojiro Kanmi - Gogo (Afternoon)
Shojiro Kanmi
Gogo (Afternoon)
$500
Takeyoshi Matsumoto - Seikyo (Quiet Border)
Takeyoshi Matsumoto
Seikyo (Quiet Border)
$500
Hozan Yamada - Budou-batake (The Vineyard)
Hozan Yamada
Budou-batake (The Vineyard)
$500
Seiha Yoshikawa - Chikurin (Bamboo Thicket)
Seiha Yoshikawa
Chikurin (Bamboo Thicket)
$500

Shoka (Early Summer)

Art photography flourished in Japan during the 1920s and 1930s. Japan's economic prosperity and rapidly evolving cultural institutions fostered an unprecedented community of photographers and allowed for significant exchange of information and ideas with artists in the west.

This selection of rotogravures is unlike any other. They appear to be high quality gravures as they are so exquisitely printed. They all appeared in Bunka Shashin-shu, the magazine published by the Tokyo-based photo group Shashin Bunka Kyokai. This publication was influenced by Stieglitz's Camera Work. The group held regular juried exhibitions that included work by leading Japanese pictorialists of the 1920s. Top selections were published in their magazine. The journal was intended to be a monthly publication, but due to disputes among members it ceased publication after only three issues, in 1922.

Due to natural disasters and the devastation of Japan during World War II much of the work that appeared in Bunka Shashin-shu has been destroyed. This group of images is not only beautiful but according to a Japanese photo historian, extremely rare as well.

The images by Kumazawa and Tomisaburo appeared in a catalogue entitled "Art Photography in Japan 1920-1940" which is also available for purchase.

Bunka Shashin-shu Photographs, 1922: Rare Rotogravures from the Japanese Magazine
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Charles Schwartz Ltd.

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New York, New York   10128   USA

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