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 geisha from
Ise Shrine (Mie Prefecture) visiting a bank in Osaka. Affixed
to the reverse is a paper label that reads:
- Publishing date: February 25, 1931.
- Caption: Geisha from Ise Shrine (Mie Prefecture) visit
the Osaka Bank (Ueroku Daigin) at Uemoto-cho Osaka, Minami
(Osaka South District).
- The large sign in the photo above the geisha reads “Oise
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 condition is quite good but there is a small crease
in the lower right corner, as well as tiny pinhole marks
in the corners from when this print was originally displayed
in public (see reverse view below).