Size: 10 x 11 7/8 in. (254 x 303 mm.).
Item#: AP-148 Artist: Shoichido Kurihara
Image or title: drying fish on a rack.
Date: early 1940s. Medium: gelatin silver print. Price: ¥65,000 JPY

Description: This unsigned 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 outdoor views.

Condition: this print has some minor fading and a fre thumb marks. But overall is a nice print. There is also a white pin mark in the upper left corner which was done by the photographer when making the print. Many times during this era photo enlargers projected the negative image horzontally to the wall and the photo paper was pinned to the wall when making the print exposure.

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