important image in regards to the emergence of Japanese documentary
photography with smaller hand held cameras.
Description: in the early 1930s the spontaneous
style of documentary photography was just emerging in Japan.
This was due to the availability of smaller hand held cameras
and roll films that provided photographers with greater mobility.
This image is an example of this new style and shows cadets departing
Kobe for a Manchurian tour. Taken by a staff photographer of
Asahi Shimbun, still one of Japan's leading newspapers to
this day. Affixed to the reverse is a paper label providing caption
details that read: Kobe Shuho
no Koko-maru de, kikou no tonitsuku. Mansho-ho no warashi-gu.
Translation: young cadets depart Manchuria for Kobe by the ship
Koko Maru, with the date Dec. 1, 1932.
This print was made by the photographic unit of the Asahi Shimbun
called Asahi Photo
News. It was produced to promote the newspaper's recent news
items and was intended for public dispaly at locations such as
Department stores, train stations, local news bureaus and neighborhood
Condition: vintage large format vintage gelatin
print. The overall condition is good, but there is a minor crease
in the right margin as well as a small portion of the upper right
margin missing. There are two small tears in the right margins
that have been professionally mended, as well as pinholes in
the corners from when the print was originally hung in public