catalog from the 1991 duel exhibitions held at the
National Museum of Art, Kyoto and Shoto
Museum of Art, Tokyo on the master Japanese
Nojima and his fellow artists. Superb
printing, bilingual text, published in 1991.
Soft cover, 1st edition, 176 pages. This is the only
publication ever published on the master Japanese
art photographer who is considered the Alfred Stieglitz
of Japan. Being out of print for eighteen years,
this scarce publication is hard to locate.
Yasuzo Nojima (1889-1964):
Born into a wealthy family,
Nojima started taking photographs in 1906. In 1907
at the age of 21, after entering many photographic
competitions he finally gained admittance to the
prestigious Tokyo Photographic Study Group. From
1915 to 1920 he operated the Mikasa Shashin Ten (Mikasa
Photo Shop) and held his first solo exhibition in
1920. This studio was the first of four establishments
he owned or operated during his career. The others
included the Kabutoya Gado gallery, the Nonomiya
Shashin Kan (Nonomiya Photography Studio) and Nojima
Tei, a photographic salon established at his home
in 1922. In 1928 he became a member of the Japan
Photographic Society but in the his 1920s his work
began to shift from pictorialism to modernism.
During the 1930s he was one of the leading proponents
of the shinko shashin movement (new or straight photography)
and is considered by many photo historians to be
the greatest Japanese photographer of twentieth century.