Size: 9 1/2 x 11 3/4 in. (245 x 300 mm.)
Item#: AP-136 Artist: Shoichido Kurihara.
Image or title: Javanese shadow puppet.
Date: late 1930s, early 1940s Medium: ferrotyped gelatin silver print. Price: ¥150,000 JPY

Description: This print comes from a collection of photographs by the art photographer Shoichido Kurihara, of which many were signed by him or had his red hanko stamp on the reverse. Additionally, a few of his prints had photo competition certificates affixed to the backs from the Ashiya Camera Club (ACC). Kurihara was a talented commercial photographer active in Tokyo in the 1930s and 1940s and did many artistic views of city life. This print is signed and titled by the artist. The title in Japanese reads: "Jaha no Kage Shibai" or Java Shadow Puppet.

Condition: print is in very good condition.

The Ashiya Camera Club:

From 1930 to 1942 the members of ACC were some of the most influential modernist photographers in Japan during the 1930s and early 1940s. They employed radical concepts of design and composition which they labeled “Shinko Shashin” or new photography (movement). Some of the members included; Iwata Nakayama, Kanbe Hanaya, Kichinosuke Benitani, Seiji Korai, Kenichiro Yamakawa and Juzo Matsubara. It is not known what Kurihara’s affiliation was to this group, but the fact that he entered ACC photo competitions indicates he was connected somehow to this group.

To see more of our images by Kurihara, please go to: Kurihara Gallery pages