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Achimura: ichi noson no shashin kiroku (Achimura: A Photographic Record of One Village)

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  • Title (object)

    • Achimura: ichi noson no shashin kiroku (Achimura: A Photographic Record of One Village)
  • Description

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

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  • Date

    • 1938
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  • Curator's comments

    Kumagai Motoichi was born in Nagano Prefecture in 1909. 'Achimura' is his first work which was published to great acclaim. It is the first extensive photographic record of the economic and social (ethnographic) conditions in a small village in Nagano prefecture throughout one year. The work inspired photographers like Domon Ken, Hamaya Hiroshi, Miki Shigeru and Tanaka Toshio to look at folklore studies (under the guidance of ethnographic scholars like Yanagita Kunio) as a way of escaping the ideologically charged atmosphere of the times. Only three copies in OCLC. (Titus Boeder, 4/2007)


  • Bibliography

    • Boeder 2007 119 bibliographic details
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  • Additional IDs

    • PB.376 (Photobook number)

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