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 paper
lantern shop finishing a large order of lanterns for a festive
occasion (note the
many umbrellas on the shelves in background). Affixed to the
reverse is a paper label that reads:
- Publishing date: March 7, 1931.
- Caption: preparing lanterns for a large celebration. The kanji
on the lanterns reads Houshuku or shrine festival.
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 quite good but the print has
a few creases in the white margin areas, most notably along the
top margin and lower right corner. There are also four tiny pinhole
marks in the corners from when this print was originally displayed
in public (see below).