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Tsuki no Kagami (Mirror of the Moon)

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    2008,3035.2

  • Title (object)

    • Tsuki no Kagami (Mirror of the Moon)
  • Description

    Photobook, illustrated biography of Japanese photographers. First edition. Numerous photographic illustrations. Japanese text. Original decorated cloth, bound Japanese style.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1916
  • Production place

  • Materials

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  • Curator's comments

    Strictly speaking this work is not a photography book but rather an illustrated biography of Japanese photographers from the bakumatsu period (1850s) through to the end of the Meiji Period. It is in many ways a summing up of the preceding period of Japanese photography. It clearly signals the end of an era and as such the beginning of a new one. The Meiji emperor had died in 1912 and the Taisho period was full of new ideas and expectations. Every photographer mentioned within is referred to as sensei (teacher) showing the high regard in which the pioneers of Japanese photography were held. The title “Mirror of the Moon” is a popular theme in Zen-Buddhism referring to the reflection of the moon in the water and by extension to enlightenment. In the present context it refers to the teachers and their work. Very rare. No copy in OCLC. (Titus Boeder, 4/2007)

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  • Bibliography

    • Boeder 2007 2 bibliographic details
  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    2008

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    2008,3035.2

  • Additional IDs

    • PB.259 (Photobook number)

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