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Geijutsu shashin no kenkyu (Studies in Art Photography)

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  • Title (object)

    • Geijutsu shashin no kenkyu (Studies in Art Photography)
  • Description

    Photobook, one volume; twenty-first edition. 20 photographic plates. Japanese text. 12mo. Original cloth in slipcase.

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  • Date

    • 1922
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  • Curator's comments

    This book was first published in 1921. If one is to believe the imprint it was extremely popular going through twenty-one editions in one year! The first chapter is entitled “Artistic Life of Photographs” (shashin no geijutsuteki seimei) a beautiful turn of phrase expressing the strong emotional link between the photographer and his product. The work is essentially concerned with the methods of composition, expression, and atmosphere within a given subject matter. Minami (1887-1948), who had a wide range of interest in the arts, asserted the creative aspect of photography over its reproductive characteristics. He preferred to use the relatively cheap Vest Pocket Single Lens Cameras (Besu-tan) that would produce the desired soft-focus effect by removing the hood. The plates illustrate various printing options like Bromoil, Bromide, Gum, and Oil prints. Ars (previous name: Oranda Shobo) became one of the leading publishers of photographic material in the 1920s. No copy in OCLC. (Titus Boeder, 4/2007)


  • Bibliography

    • Boeder 2007 8 bibliographic details
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  • Additional IDs

    • PB.265 (Photobook number)

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