well composed view of a dilapidated steel hut atop a dune, printed
on a lustre paper as are most images by this artist. This print
is both signed and titled by the artist and reads "Sakyu, Ishikawa
Noburu", translation: Dune by Ishikawa
Noburu (see detail below).
Provenance: this print comes
from a small collection of Ishikawa prints discovered in Tokyo
during the 1990s which originated from an antique dealer. Most
of the prints in this collection were either inscribed or titled
in the artist's hand and all were printed on the same type
of photo paper.
print is in good condition overall, but
there is a slight amount of discoloration in the sky area. The
corners also have very minor bumping marks (which can clearly
be seen above).
Noboru Ishikawa (born: 1881, died: unknown?):
Ishikawa was a talented art photographer born
into a wealthy family in the Western Japanese city of Fukuoka.
It is not known how he got his start in photography, but since
the only known examples of his work are from the 1930s, his passion
for photography is thought to be rooted in the 1920s. This was
at a time when Japanese camera clubs and photo circles were thriving
across Japan, in addition to many photo journals being published
that promoted picture taking as a leisurely pastime. For Ishikawa
he pursued photography in just this way, as an avocation rather
than a profession. This was the case with most Japanese art photographers
of that era.
By profession, Ishikawa was an industrialist
who took photographs during interludes away from his career as
a director of mining operations. In 1908 he graduated from the
prestigious Tokyo Daigaku (Tokyo University) where he earned
a degree in mining. Upon graduation he was employed at Kagoshima
Yamagano Kinzan, a gold mine located in Western Japan. As a result
of this tenure, Ishikawa’s stature quickly grew and he
was next employed by Meiji Kyogyo in annexed Korea where he held
the title of Director. After this posting Ishikawa held a series
of prominent titles including; Director of Kinugawa Kyogyo in
Tokyo's neighboring prefecture of Tochigi, and Director of Hoshino
Kyogyo. It is not known when Ishikawa retired but by the start
of World War II he was in his early sixties and close to retirement
age. His date of death is also unknown but he is thought to have
lived out his remaining years in Tokyo as in 1938 he is known
to have resided in Tokyo's Suginami ward.
Ishikawa's photographs are mostly in the modernist
style and document the environs he lived in. This includes artistically
composed urban and rural views as well as candid images of daily