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 an unemployed
man soliciting any kind of work available in front of
Hanky Department Store, Osaka. 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 providing caption
details and the date October 21, 1931.
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 is quite good but the bottom
right corner is missing a small portion of the white margin (see
below). There are also small push pin holes in three corners.
There are two paper labels; one on the reverse with the caption,
the other a red credit stamp affixed to the front.