Size: 5 7/8 x 4 1/4 in. (149 x 110 mm.)
Item#: AP-145 Artist: unattributed
Image or title: nude study from the archive of Hokume Umehara..
Date: 1930s Medium: toned bromide gelatin silver print. Price: ¥125,000 JPY

Description:

Hokume Umehara - born: 1901, died: 1946:

This photo comes from the archive of Hokume Umehara, a writer and publisher of journals and novels concerning sexuality and abnormal tales. Born in Toyama prefecture, his birth name was Sadayasu Umehara. During the early Showa period (late 1920s early 1930s), Umehara was an editor and writer and also an acedemic on human sexuality. He attended the prestigious Waseda University in Tokyo but failed to graduate. After he left school he wrote popular novels under a pen name and founded the literary journals; Bungei Shijo (Literary Exchange), Hentai Shiryo (lit. Abnormal Data), and Grotesque. In 1925 he translated the book Deka Melon (Big Melon) into Japanese, while also working as a writer and editor for the journal Meiji Taisho Kidan Chimbun Daishusei (Collection of Seldom Heard Curious Tales of the Meiji Taisho Era). This journal was published between the years 1922 to 1931.

Condition: although this print and mount are very clean, the print is a little discolored.

Reference:

- Shincho Nihon Jinmei Jiten (Shincho Public Dictionary), 1991, Kabushiki-gaisha Shinchosha, Shinchosha Publishing K.K.