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Shoka shinkei (Early Summer Nerves) / Nihon shashin shi no shiho 日本写真史の至宝 (Treasures from the History of Japanese Photography)

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  • Title (object)

    • Shoka shinkei (Early Summer Nerves)

    Title (series)

    • Nihon shashin shi no shiho 日本写真史の至宝 (Treasures from the History of Japanese Photography)
  • Description

    Photobook, one volume, facsimile reprint. No. 160 of a limited edition of 600 copies. 10 plates. Folio. Original metal ringbinder in publisher's cardboard box. Together with a 12pp leaflet with explanations by Iizawa Kotaro and Kaneko Ryuichi in English and Japanese.

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  • Date

    • 2005
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  • Curator's comments

    Facsimile edition. Early Summer Nerves was first exhibited at the 21st Namiten exhibition, the annual exhibition of the Naniwa Photography Club in 1932. It was immediately recognized as a masterwork and published by the Naniwa Club in the following year in an unquantified limited edition. A tour de force of photo-montages, still-lives, and photo-grams, using a variety of new techniques like solarisation, long exposure etc., each image is accompanied by a poem as well as an explanation. Bound in slightly warped zinc metal plates it is a superb example of a perfect combination between design and content. Plate 4 combines the pistons of a locomotive with a landscape entitled “Violence - the technique of a machine”, plate 8 is entitled “Staring at oneself - things that slowly enter the head”, plate 10 “ascending will - things that will be ruled anew”. Powerful images and powerful text. The work was distributed by Maruzen in Osaka and represents an outstanding contribution to photo-books in general and modernist photography in particular. (Titus Boeder, 4/2007)


  • Bibliography

    • Boeder 2007 77 bibliographic details
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  • Additional IDs

    • PB.334 (Photobook number)

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