Size: 21 1/2 in. x 15 1/5 in. (548 x 385 mm.)
Item#: AP-171 Artist: Suizan Kurokawa
Image or title: Fuji-san (Mount Fuji).
Date: 1924 Medium: large format rotogravure poster Price: ¥25,000 JPY

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 his career.

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.

Additional notes:

A major holding of Kurokawa's work is kept in the permanent collection of the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography.

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, Tokyo, 1929-1930.

- The Pictorial Landscape in Japanese Photography, plates 1-5, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo, 1992.

- Japanese Photography-Form In/Form Out Part I, plate 30, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo, 1996.

Title , series name, photographer credit