Size: 10 5/8 x 16 3/4 in. (270 x 425 mm).
Item#: AP-167 Artist: Osaka Asahi Shimbun (Asahi Newpaper Osaka).
Image or title: May Day clashes at Nakanoshima.
Date: May 1, 1931 Medium: vintage glossy gelatin silver print. Price: ¥60,000 JPY

An 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 the May Day clashes at Nakanoshima, 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 May 1, 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 delivery stations.

Condition: vintage large format vintage gelatin print. The condition is quite good but the corners have a few small creases and push pin marks which was caused when the print was originally displayed in public (see below),

Full view of print showing margins

Reverse of print with paper label.

Detail of Osaka Asahi Shimbun paper label with date and caption.