Description: jumbo rotogravure poster by the pioneering Japanese pictorialist Suizan Kurokawa (see bio below). Published by the Osaka Mainichi Shimbun newspaper in 1924 as part of an ongoing series of insert posters on Japanese scenic views. Underneath the image is the series name, photo title and photographer’s credit:
- Nihon Shoke Juni Jiku (12 Landscape Views of Japan: no. 10).
- Photo by Kurokawa Suizan of Kyoto.
- Title: Fuji-san (Mount Fuji).
Additionally, in the left margin there is publishing information and the photo caption by Kurokawa that reads:
- Date: Nigatsu Itsuka, Taisho 12 nen (February 5, 1924).
- Furoku (supplement poster).
- Printed by the Osaka Mainichi Rotogravure Seihan (Osaka Mainichi Rotogravure Printing Plant)
Caption by Kurokawa: Photo taken in mid January 1924 and shows Mount Fuji and the Yoshidaguchi region. On the right side of the image is Aokigahara (famous primeval forrest) and the lake in the foreground is Shojin-ko (Shojin Lake) and the Shojin Hotel (on the right shore of the lake). Photo taken on a cloudy day, shutter speed 1/100th of a second.
Condition: very good, but there is a crease down the center which all posters from this series display. This was a result of these posters originally being folded in half to fit within the newspaper as a supplement.
Suizan Kurokawa (1882 - 1944):
Often considered the father of Japanese
pictorialism photography, Kurokawa was born in Kyoto
with his birth name being Tanejiro Kurokawa. The son
of a Kyoto textile merchant, he worked in his family's
business until the age of thirteen. In 1900, due to
heavily incurred debts, the family firm went bankrupt.
This event had great impact on Kurokawa and as a result
he began to pursue photography. In 1906 he entered
a photo competition at the Sensho Kinen Hakurankai
Exposition, held to commemorate Japan's victory in
the Russo-Japan War. His work entitled Ame Ato (After
the Rain) showed a view of Mount Hie which garnered
him a silver award. This became the spark that launched
Kurokawa was regularly published in
the Osaka based magazine Shashin Reidai-shu (lit. Photo
Example magazine) around 1910. He was also employed
in the photo department of the Hakubun-kan publishing
company's Kyoto office. His photographs were also published
in photography journals, as well as kabuki magazines
during the 1910s and 1920s. He is best known for ethereal
views of landscapes and cultural landmarks, portrayed
in a style heavily influenced by sansui-ga. This traditional
style of Japanese painting interpreted through photography
became Kurokawa's trademark. As a result, his concepts
had a strong influence on many Japanese pictorialist
during the peak years of 1910 to 1925.
A major holding of Kurokawa's work is kept in the
permanent collection of the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum
He has also been published in:
- Shashin Kai (Photographic Journal), Vol. IV, no.
3, plate 4, Mar. 1, 1909, S. Kuwada & Sons., Osaka.
- Geijutsu Shashin-hen, Vol. 4, page 14, ARS Publishing,
- The Pictorial Landscape in Japanese Photography,
plates 1-5, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography,
- Japanese Photography-Form In/Form Out Part I, plate
30, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo,