Print size: 8 7/8 x 11 1/4 in. (226 x 285 mm).
Mount size: 13 7/8 x 18 in. (460 x353 mm.).

Item#: SD-112 Artist: Taikichi Irie
Image or title: Eleven headed Kannon at Hokkeiji Temple, Nara. - From: Irie Taikichi Sakuhin-shu: Yamato-ji Butsuzohan, plate # 4.
Date: 1978 Medium: Fuji dye transfer print, mounted. Price: ¥65,000 JPY

Rare dye transfer print, signed by artist with certificate on the reverse.

Description: this print come from the portfolio series entitled: Irie Taikichi Sakuhin-shu: Yamato-ji Butsuzohan. This was a limited edition portfolio of photographs published by Shueisha Publishing, Tokyo in 1978. In each set there were at least ten photographs printed on Fuji color photo paper. Only 300 portfolios were made and this print come from set #284 (see below).

Certificate title: Hokkeiji Juichimen Kannon-zo (Statue of Eleven headed Kannon at Hokkeiji Temple).

Condition: excellent, mounted to original archival rag board with titled rag paper enclosure (see below).


Taikichi Irie (1905 - 1992):

Irie was born in Nara Prefecture and started photography in his teens being taught by his brother. In 1925 he landed a job with a camera store in Osaka and by 1931 had established his own photographic company called Kogeisha. This Osaka firm mainly did product and advertising photography as well as selling photographic merchandise. In 1939 Irie started photographing traditional Japanese puppetry called bunraku which led to his first solo exhibition on the subject in Osaka in 1942. In the years that followed, Irie lost his home and business during the allied bombing raids of Osaka in 1945, forcing him to return to his family home in Nara.

Throughout the 1940s Irie photographed Buddhist temples and relics which led to a lifelong pursuit of the subject. His Buddhist images were first published in the early 1940s and by 1958 began publishing a series of ongoing books on the subject which led to much commercial success throughout his career. By the end of his life he had published numerous titles, many of which were sumptuous volumes by Japanese publishers.

Irie died in January, 1992 three months before a photography museum dedicated to his life work opened in Nara City. This museum is called the Nara-shi Shashin Bijutsukan or Nara City Museum of Photography. He is best known for documenting Buddhist relics and “Yamatoji”, the historical sites of Nara Prefecture.

Irie Taikichi Memorial Museum link (Japanese):

Detail of print and Irie's signature in right recto.

Full view of embossed mount with Irie's signature in right recto.

Mounted print with titled archival protective enclosure.

Certificate on the reverse of the mount reads: original print by Taikichi Irie, plate #4, title, Fuji Dye Color Print, edition #284, Oct. 21, 1978.

Full view of the mount reverse with edition label.

Full view of the paper enclosure front with title and plate number.