Size: 8 5/8 in. x 8 1/4 in. (170 mm x 250 mm)
Item#: SD-214 Artist: Hiroshi Hamaya
Image or title: young rice farmer in rain.
Date: mid 1950s/print 1966 Medium: near vintage gelatin silver print Price: please inquire

Description: original gelatin silver print by one of Japan's twentieth century photo masters, Hiroshi Hamaya. This print was made in 1966 and has Hamaya's Oiso, Japan photo credit stamp on the reverse. Additionally on the reverse is a date stamp "May 1966", a Baltimore Museum of Art label, and a second paper caption detailing how this image is part of an exhibition entitled "Three Japanese Photographers" which took place from April 19 to May 29, 1966.

Condition: The condition is quite good with nice tones. The only condition problem are some finger dents in the lower left corner, and a few more in the middle right edge of the print. Even so, this is a very nice looking print.

Hiroshi Hamaya 1915 - 1999:

Born in Tokyo, Hamaya taught himself photography at age 15. In 1933 he joined Oriental Photographic Industries primarily photographing trains and taking aerial views. From 1937 to 1945 he was a freelancer based in Tokyo and it was during this period in 1939 when Hamaya met ethnologist Keizo Shibusawa who strongly influenced him. This led to Hamaya’s interest in traditional rituals, agricultural life and daily life in Japan. In 1940 he began work on his Yukiguni (Snow Land) series in Niigata prefecture and from 1945 to 1952 he based himself out of Takada, Niigata Prefecture. In 1954 he began work on his Ura Nihon (Japan’s Back Coast) series. In 1955 Hamaya caught the attention of Edward Steichen who included him in the Family of Man exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. In 1960 Hamaya became the first Asian photographer to join the photo cooperative Magnum. It was during the early 1960s when he covered the demonstrations and riots against the US-Japan Security Treaty which caused him to take on an an anti government view. This outlook caused Hamaya to return to aerial photography, landscapes and nature photography in both Japan and abroad. In 1986 Hamaya was honored with a Master of Photography Award from the International Center of Photography in New York. During his long career Hamaya published numerous books and held several major exhibitions, capping his life work with a sixty year retrospective of his work at the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography in 1997. That same year Hamaya was also awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Photographic Society in 1997.



Wetstamp on reverse