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 troops departing
for Manchuria on the ship Kuretake Maru.
Taken by a staff photographer of the Osaka
Asahi Shimbun, still one of Japan's leading newspapers to
this day. Affixed to the reverse is a paper label that reads;
dai jukyu shidan niyueihei
Osaka shupatsu. Translation: new soldiers of the 19th Division
depart Osaka for Manchuria, with the date Dec. 7, 1932, and the
name of the ship Kuretake Maru. There is also a label in the
lower right margin of the print that reads Asahi Photo News,
Osaka Asahi Shimbun Sha.
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 condition overall is good, but there is a minor
crease in the right margin and one small tear in the upper left
margin, as well as pishole marks from when the print was originally
displayed in public (see below).