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Hakubutsu shi: zuihitsu shashin (Thoughts on Nature: Essay and Photographs)

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  • Title (object)

    • Hakubutsu shi: zuihitsu shashin (Thoughts on Nature: Essay and Photographs)
  • Description

    Photobook, one volume, first edition. Numerous photographic plates. Japanese text. Small folio. Original cloth in dustwrapper and slipcase.

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  • Date

    • 1942
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  • Curator's comments

    Onchi Koshiro (1891-1955) was born into an aristocratic family with artistic leanings. In 1910 he entered the Tokyo School of Fine Arts to study oil painting but never finished his degree. A keen modernist, he founded the print and poetry magazine 'Tsukubae' in 1913. Four years later Onchi published his first collection of abstract prints and in 1919 participated in the first Nihon Sosaku-Hanga Kyokai exhibition. He established a great reputation as a book designer, as well as a printmaker, personally designing over 1000 books for publication. The present work is just showing his ability to see abstract and surreal beauty in the natural environment. Only one copy in OCLC. (Titus Boeder, 4/2007)


  • Bibliography

    • Boeder 2007 80 bibliographic details
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  • Additional IDs

    • PB.337 (Photobook number)

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