Kamera me X tetsu kosei (Camera: Eye X Steel: Composition) / Nihon shashin shi no shiho 日本写真史の至宝 (Treasures from the History of Japanese Photography)
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- Kamera me X tetsu kosei (Camera: Eye X Steel: Composition)
- Nihon shashin shi no shiho 日本写真史の至宝 (Treasures from the History of Japanese Photography)
Photobook, one volume, 1930-1931. Reprint edition. No. 427 of a limited edition of 480 copies. 44 numbered photographic plates as well as a photographic frontispiece of the photographer. Japanese text. Small folio. Original flexible boards in publisher's cardboard box. Together with a 12pp. folded leaflet with essays by Izawa Kotaro and Kaneko Ryuichi.
- Published in: Tokyo-to
The Facsimile reprint. Horino's second book is legendary: It is the epitome of Shinko Shashin (Modernist Photography) in Japan with slanting views of cruise-liners, bridges, trains, gas-storage containers, and other symbols of modernity and it was first printed in 1932. Two years previously he had published 'An Artistic and Social Analysis of High-class Ships' (Tennin-sha, 1930) together with the art-historian Itagaki Takao and this theme continues to dominate the first pages of this book. The first four pages set the tone: In each case the hulk of the 'Empress of Japan' uses a portrait format for a landscape image. The same is true of the four shots of a steel bridge. Horino impresses upon the viewer that he is interested in the structure of the steel more than he is in the ship or the bridge. Furthermore, he is the first to introduce a sense of physical movement of the photographer into his book, a thoroughly modern approach. Particularly impressive are the shots of the massive gas-towers again with dynamic shifting angles and even a shot of the inside from above looking down. Clearly influenced by European photographers like Moholy-Nagy and the Bauhaus group, Horino became famous for exploring the functional aesthetic of machines and architecture. Kaneko Ryuichi, the curator at the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, lists this book amongst his 25 favourite Japanese photography books of the 20th century. (Titus Boeder, 4/2007)
- PB.328 (Photobook number)
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