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Hikari (Light) / 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)

    • Hikari (Light)

    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 edition, no. 269 of a limited edition of 400 copies. Numerous photographic plates. Small folio. Decorated cloth in dustwrapper and obi, in publisher's cardboard box. Together with a 12pp. folded leaflet with essays by Izawa Kotaro and Kaneko Ryuichi.

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  • Date

    • 2006
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  • Curator's comments

    'Hikari' was originally published by Maruzen (Osaka) in 1940 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Tampei Shashin Club. A surprisingly avant-garde book it includes works by Yasui Nakaji (1903-1942), Ueda Bizan (1887-1984), Honjo Koro (1907-1995), Hirai Terushichi (1900-1970), Shiihara Osamu (1905-1979) and many others. The club was founded by Ueda Bizan in 1930 and came to be regarded as the driving force for avant-garde photography in the Kansai region. This book represents the essence of Shinko Shashin, fusing both realist and surrealist themes. The club was forced to suspend its activities in the following year. (Titus Boeder, 4/2007)


  • Bibliography

    • Boeder 2007 84 bibliographic details
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  • Additional IDs

    • PB.341 (Photobook number)

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