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Tokyo Showa juichi nen (Tokyo 1936)

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    2008,3035.89

  • Title (object)

    • Tokyo Showa juichi nen (Tokyo 1936)
  • Description

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

  • Producer name

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1974
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Curator's comments

    Kuwahara Kineo was born in 1913 in Ueno, Tokyo. Until his first solo exhibition in 1973 his work had been practically unknown. Kuwahara was a self-taught amateur photographer who worked in the family business (pawn-broker) but spent much of his spare time - particularly during the 1930s - on the streets of Tokyo photographing everyday life in the shitamachi as well as the more fashionable districts of the Ginza. He often included adverts, billboards, shop-signs and announcements in his compositions. Plate 152 is a typical example of his work: In Arakawa a wood merchant and a young boy look into the camera with the river and the electric poles receding into the distance. Plate 35 is a famous image of a mannequin-shop, plate 18 Old man and his two grand-daughters going past a cinema. After the war he became an art critic and editor for several major photo magazines (ARS Camera, Sankei Camera, Camera Geijutsu, The Photo Image, and others). Kuwahara kept his archive of about 20,000 images in a closet at his home and it was only due to the efforts of Araki Nobuyoshi that the value of his work became appreciated. The present book was based on an exhibition held in 1973 at the Ginza Nikon Salon entitled 'The Lost Metropolis', covering the years from 1930 to 1940. It was the first time that photographs from that period were shown and for many survivors of the war the book was a source of great nostalgia. This book is an example of important photographic work being published long after the image was taken. (Titus Boeder, 4/2007)

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  • Bibliography

    • Boeder 2007 89 bibliographic details
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  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    2008

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    2008,3035.89

  • Additional IDs

    • PB.346 (Photobook number)

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