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Nagasaki - Souvenir du Nagasaki

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  • Title (object)

    • Nagasaki - Souvenir du Nagasaki
  • Description

    Photobook, one volume, first edition. 114 photographic plates (several tipped in and fold-out) and numerous illustrations with facing tissue guards. Folio. Japanese text, ca. Original decorated velvet binding.

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  • Date

    • 1927
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  • Curator's comments

    This book is ostensibly a photographic introduction to the city and the history of Nagasaki; however the majority of the images bear all the hallmarks of the 'geijutsu shashin' movement. The style of this book is reminiscent of the work by Iida Kosaburo entitled 'Kohoku Ingashu' (Privately published, 1914) which is regarded as the first artistic photobook to have been published in Japan: Both use a variety of papers in different colours and textures to produce an interesting artistic effect - more of a record of memories in the form of an album than a documentary depiction of the city. Little is known about the Hibiki Shashin-kan, apart from the fact that it was a commercial studio run by Ide Denjiro in Nagasaki during the 20s and 30s. He experimented with the various printing techniques to produce the soft, hazy, and emotionally laden images that the pictorialists aspired to. No copy in OCLC. (Titus Boden, 4/2007)


  • Bibliography

    • Boeder 2007 24 bibliographic details
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  • Additional IDs

    • PB.281 (Photobook number)

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