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Odo rakudo (The Realm of Peace and Tranquility)

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  • Title (object)

    • Odo rakudo (The Realm of Peace and Tranquility)
  • Description

    Photobook, one volume, first edition. Numerous photographic plates. Japanese text. 4to. Original blind-stamped cloth in dustwrapper and slipcase.

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  • Date

    • 1943
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  • Curator's comments

    Kimura was invited by the Manchurian administration to photograph the country in May 1940. He stayed for a period of about 40 days. The timing to publish this work may have been significant: In January 1943 Britain and the USA began to revise treaties with China which resulted in American troops being stationed on the mainland a few moths later. Photographically the work is clearly a departure for Kimura, shaped by modernist sensibilities in the realm of propaganda. The images of happy workers, peasants, and monks combined with its focus on industrial progress could just as easily have been produced in Stalinist Russia. Rare. No copy in OCLC. (Titus Boeder)


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  • Additional IDs

    • PB.405 (Photobook number)

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