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Kenten gashu (Study Exhibition Catalogue)

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    • Kenten gashu (Study Exhibition Catalogue)
  • Description

    Exhibition catalogue, vols. 14-16, 19, 25, 27. First edition. 6 issues. Numerous photographic plates with facing tissue guards. Japanese text. Large 8vo. Original flexible boards in folding cardboard cases.

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    • 1930-1938
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    The Tokyo Photographic Research Society grew out of the art photography group called Yutsuzusha which had been founded in 1904. In March 1910 they organized the first Tokyo Photographic Research Society Exhibition that subsequently became dubbed 'Kenten' (a short form of Kenkyu Tenran-kai). This exhibition has been regarded as the first art-photography exhibition in Japan. It generated an enthusiastic public response and defined the photographic style during the Taisho period. The exhibition and catalogue were sponsored by the camera-supply store Konishi Rokuemon (now Konica). The society did not have an official annual exhibition catalogue until the 14th exhibition. It was only on the 20th anniversary of the society's foundation that they decided to publish an official annual catalogue (See vol. 25, a special number commemorating the 30th anniversary of the foundation of the society). The quality of the reproductions is outstanding. They show the vibrancy of amateur and professional work, a competitive spirit that produced remarkable results. Includes work by Miyake Kokki, Yoshino Makoto, Nojima Yasuzo, Yamamoto Yoshio and many others. It is the single most important reference to art-photography before the war. Very rare. No copy in OCLC. (Titus Boeder, 4/2007)


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    • Boeder 2007 53 bibliographic details
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  • Additional IDs

    • PB.310 (Photobook number)

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