Nakayama Iwata - Modern Photography
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- Nakayama Iwata - Modern Photography
Photobook, one volume, first edition thus. Japanese text. Folio. Original boards in dust-wrapper and slipcase.
- Published in: Tokyo-to
Nakayama Iwata (1895-1949) is regarded as a one of the most important contributors to the Shinko Shashin movement. After graduating from the Tokyo School of Fine Arts in 1918, he received a scholarship from the Japanese government and went to California before settling in New York. In 1921 he opened the Laquan photo studio on Fifth Avenue pursuing chiefly portrait photography. At the same time Nakayama was attracted to avant-garde movements and moved in bohemian circles where he met Shimizu Toshi. Shimizu encouraged him to move to Paris in 1926 where he met Man Ray, Fujita Tsuguji, and Enrico Prompolini. These encounters left a deep impression on him and when he returned to Japan in 1927 he energetically set about forming his own vision of 'pure art photography'. In 1929 he settled in Ashiya (nr. Kobe) and in the following year founded the Ashiya Camera Club with Hanaya Kambei, Korai Seiji, and others. This club became the main driving force of New Photography in Japan. Together with Kimura and Nojima he founded Koga magazine in 1932 that was the most important forum for artistic photography at the time. Portraits, townscapes, still-lives, nude-studies, photo-montages, theatrical shots, Nakayama gave a new expression to them all and because he did not publish any monograph during his lifetime we include this book that was published to coincide with an exhibition held at the Ashiya City Museum of Art and History. 3 copies in OCLC. (Titus Boeder, 4/2007)
- PB.333 (Photobook number)
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