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Snappu shashin no neraikata (What to Aim for in Snapshot Photography)

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  • Title (object)

    • Snappu shashin no neraikata (What to Aim for in Snapshot Photography)
  • Description

    Photobook, one volume, first edition. Numerous photographic plates. Japanese text. 8vo. Original decorated cloth in slipcase.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1937
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  • Curator's comments

    Watanabe's first 'How to' book and possibly his best. Hundreds of images are given detailed technical descriptions. Most of them show scenes in and around Tokyo, including some remarkable night views. As in the previous publication they border between 'Shinko shashin' and documentary photography. Plate 47 is a remarkable picture of a lady sitting in a café on the Ginza. The image is divided into two parts by an open glass-fronted door reflecting the high buildings on the opposite side. It could have been taken in Paris or Berlin. This picture was not posed. Plate 61 is a night scene with a man reading. After the war Watanabe concentrated almost exclusively on architectural photographs. Very rare. No copy in OCLC. (Titus Boeder, 4/2007)


  • Bibliography

    • Boeder 2007 100 bibliographic details
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  • Additional IDs

    • PB.357 (Photobook number)

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