Rare dye transfer
print, signed by artist with certificate on the reverse.
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: Shin Yakushiji Bazara Taisho-zo (Statue
of Basara at Shin Yakushi 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.
Taikichi Memorial Museum link (Japanese):