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 summer crowds
at Koshien-hama beach near Kobe. 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 August 2, 1931, as well as a red
Asahi Photo News label.
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 the left white
margin areas has a few ripples. There is also a small
hole in the upper left portion of the image which can be seen
more clearly on the reverse view (see below). Lastly, there
are small pinhole marks on the corners from when this print was
originally displayed in public.