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Akiyama Shotaro sakuhinshu, 1960-1965 (Akiyama Shotaro's works, 1960-1965)

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    2007,3007.2

  • Title (object)

    • Akiyama Shotaro sakuhinshu, 1960-1965 (Akiyama Shotaro's works, 1960-1965)
  • Description

    Photobook. One volume. First edition. Limited edition of 1000 copies. Signed copy. Captions in English, text in Japanese.

  • Producer name

  • Date

    • 1966
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Curator's comments

    After 'Kage' (1943), the present 'Sakuhin-shu' is the second work that Akiyama published at his own expense. It documents his distinctive style of portraiture where the subjects, rather than posing, present themselves more or less naturally against a black backdrop. The style of the images (and the subjects) is very much of their time, showing a newfound confidence and the emerging prosperity of the early 60s. Also includes a number of still lives. By this stage Akiyama was a household name shooting covers for a number of important weekly magazines. He did encourage posing to a degree that may now make us feel uncomfortable, but he achieved some very convincing results: Kanzaki Hidejo as a geisha holding a fan, colour photo of Irie Miki in a yellow dress, a portrait of Wakao Ayako as well as the page of Kuwano Miyuki and Sakuma Yoshiko, they all radiate with the spirit of the 60s, are possibly a bit commercial, but still they give a sense of professional pride. Only one copy in OCLC (Waseda Univ.). (Titus Boeder, 4/07)

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  • Exhibition history

    2012 Oct - 2013 Apr, BM Japanese Galeries, "Japan from Prehistory to the Present"

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    2007

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    2007,3007.2

  • Additional IDs

    • PB.2 (Photobook number)

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