Harukanaru uta: Otake Shoji shoki shashinshu 遙かなる詩 - 大竹省二初期写真集 (A Faraway Song - Photographs by Otake Shoji)
- Harukanaru uta: Otake Shoji shoki shashinshu 遙かなる詩 - 大竹省二初期写真集 (A Faraway Song - Photographs by Otake Shoji)
Photobook. One volume. First edition.
- Made in: Tokyo-to
Otake Shoji was born in 1920 in Shizuoka Prefecture. He went to Shanghai in 1940 and became a member of the Peking Embassy photo staff in 1944. After the war he worked briefly for GHQ's public relations dept. before becoming a freelance photographer in 1948. He specialised in taking portraits, in particular of women and musicians and became famous for his photographs of American singers and actresses performing at the Ernie Pyle Theatre in Tokyo. This theatre had been requisitioned by GHQ after the war to entertain troops and very few Japanese were allowed to enter. In 1949 he was a co-founder of the Young Photographers Association (Seinen Shashinka Kyokai) as well as a founding member of Nikakai Photography Section in 1953 and Gine Gruppe in 1956. His first book 'World Musicians' (sekai no ongakuka) was published in 1955 by Asahi Shimbunsha. The present book is a retrospective of his work as a young amateur photographer before the war (mostly between 1934 and 1939). Only one copy in OCLC. (Titus Boeder, 4/07)
- PB.139 (Photobook number)
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