Shashin shinpo (Photography News)
- Shashin shinpo (Photography News)
Photographic magazine, 91 issues, nos. 93-189 (lacking vols. 123, 126, 134, 162, 164, 174, 183, & 184). Each issue contains between one to seven photographic plates, occasional illustrations in the text. Japanese text. 8vo. Original printed wrappers.
- Published in: Tokyo-to
A substantial run of issues of the rare Shashin Shimpo. The magazine had originally been founded in September 1882, and in November 1896 the photographic supply store Asanuma Shokai sponsored the third phase of the magazine, re-instating the original editor Fukuzawa Yokitsu (1847-1914). The magazine was not the first one to appear on the market: Fukuzawa had been working with two previous publications, namely Datsuei Yawa (3 issues, 1874), and Shashin Zasshi (7 issues, 1880-81), but Shashin Shimpo can be described as the first successful mainstream photography magazine catering to amateurs who were starting on the road to photography as a hobby. Various methods of reproduction are used for the plates: Most issues contain at least one beautifully printed collotype, several issues have original tipped-in photographs, but during the 1910s cheaper printing methods become prevalent. They show some fine examples of early geijutsu shashin. There are a surprising number of contributions from America, Germany, and England, which may be related to the large number of advertisements from those countries. The text is largely devoted to technical issues relating to camera technology and printing, but by the early Taisho period historical and artistic features appear regularly. No issues in OCLC. (Titus Boeder, 4/2007)
- PB.292 (Photobook number)
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