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 a vendor
selling eel. Affixed to the reverse is a paper label with the
"vendor’s sign in the Shinmachi-bashi district
of Osaka that reads “the Dog Days are coming for West (West
meaning the Kansai district of Japan); on the 21st, special
price for unagi (eel), Yawata-maki-mochi (name of Osaka style
eel recipe). Publishing date: July 21, 1931."
Taken by a staff photographer
of the Osaka
Asahi Shimbun, still one of Japan's leading newspapers
to this day. 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 overall condition is very good but there are as few
very minor creases in the white margin areas of the print as
well as four small pinholes in the corner margins from when this
print was displayed in public. These pinholes are so small they
are hard to see (see below).