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Hikari to sono kaicho (Light and Its Harmony)

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  • Museum number

    2008,3035.143

  • Title (object)

    • Hikari to sono kaicho (Light and Its Harmony)
  • Description

    Photobook, first edition. 48 photographic plates. Japanese text. Small 8vo. Original decorated, cloth-backed boards in slipcase.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1923
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  • Curator's comments

    “Separating from the physical connection that would simply photograph the thing as it is, and moving towards the birth of a spiritual connection that would hold the spirit or the meaning held by nature - this is the second element of importance... We can also think of this as the revelation of the spirit of nature as seen in the photograph through the spirit of man, or the revelation of man through nature...”. And later on the theory of haiku photography: “Grasping the harmonious instant through impression, the calm of each separate ray of light, that affect each and every sheet, this feels like the consecutive reading of short poems. It is as if you can read a haiku in the photograph.” (Translated in: The world of Shinzo Fukuhara - Poetics of light. Tokyo, Shiseido 1994, p. 120-121). This book caused a sensation when it was published. Often described as the first theoretical treatise of Modern Japanese photography, it is also a very attractively illustrated plate-book in its own right. Only one copy in OCLC (Waseda & Univ. of Washington; edition not specified). (Titus Boeder)

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  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    2008

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    2008,3035.143

  • Additional IDs

    • PB.400 (Photobook number)

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