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Japan through a Leica. 100 glimpses: Sceneries, Life, and Art.

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  • Title (object)

    • Japan through a Leica. 100 glimpses: Sceneries, Life, and Art.
  • Description

    Photobook, one volume, first edition. 100 photographic plates. 4to. Original cloth in dustwrapper.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1939
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  • Curator's comments

    “The photographs which form the present volume, have been selected from my works since 1933, the year when my new career with the Leica began. The changes in the technical side during the time of these five years may be noticed in the accompanying data.” (Introduction). One-hundred plates show some of the best of Kimura to date. The casual observer may be forgiven for regarding these images as rather tame and somehow obvious. However, this is only true from hindsight. While being thoroughly professional some are actually ahead of their time, and anticipate the era of documentary photography that came into fruition in the 50s. The most successful female images in the book are of the actress Hara Setsuko (plate 60 & 61, 62). They are actually stills for the film 'New Earth' produced in 1936. Very rare. Only six copies in OCLC. (Titus Boeder, 4/2007)


  • Bibliography

    • Boeder 2007 107 bibliographic details
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  • Additional IDs

    • PB.364 (Photobook number)

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