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 youth scouts
returning to Kobe Port from a tour of Siam, symbolic of the rising
nationalism occurring in Japan during the 1930s. 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 date January 31, 1931 as well as a red Asahi Photo
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 quite good but has a few creases
in the upper left white margin areas as well as four pinhole
marks from when this print was originally displayed in public.
There is also a small portion of the lower right margin border
that has been trimmed off. Please see below.