Matsue fukei (The Old Town of Matsue)
- Matsue fukei (The Old Town of Matsue)
Photobook, one volume, first edition. One of a limited edition of 500 copies [not stated]. Frontispiece and 30 photographic plates. English text. Small folio. Original boards with printed label in plain dustwrapper and decorated slipcase.
- Published in: Tokyo-to
Matsue carries the distinction of being both one of the oldest as well as the most beautiful 17th century castle-towns in Japan. The capital of Shimane prefecture it is situated on Shijinko lake close to the Japan Sea in Western Japan. Due to its location and its numerous canals it was thought to have scenic qualities very similar to those of the West Lake in China, in fact it's name is said to be based on China's old Songjiang province. In the 19th century Lafcadio Hearn took up residence here and married one of the town's daughters. The present publication is a superb example of Fukuhara Shinzo's pictorialist style. Both the focus and the selection of subjects are highly unusual and even avant-garde. His sepia photographs have a soft and dreamy quality while at the same time being devoid of sentimentality. Fukuhara Shinzo gave pictorialism a new expression. While the aesthetics are clearly Japanese the composition has a very abstract and even modern feel. A gem. (Titus Boeder, 4/2007)
2012 Feb – Jun, BM Japanese Galleries, ‘Japan from Prehistory to the Present’
- Topographic representation of: Matsue-shi
- PB.277 (Photobook number)
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Object reference number: JCF20376
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