single sided gravure supplement for King magazine, Vol. 9 no. 3.
Dated March 1, 1933 (Showa '8). This early Okada views appears to
be a view of Europe taken during his travels there in 1926-1927.
In the lower margin is the publishing information in fine print.
Printed on heavy paper stock.
Koyo Okada: born: 1895, died: 1972
Okada was born in present day Tokamachi,
Niigata Prefecture into a family of painters and calligraphers.
In 1918 he graduated with a law degree from the Waseda University
in Tokyo. During his college years he visited Oshino village
near Mount Fuji in 1916 where he became so enamored with the
mountain that he embarked upon a lifelong passion of photographing
the sacred mountain. After college Okada became a professional
photographer and in 1923 when the Great Kanto Earthquake struck
Tokyo he documented the devastation. His series of images was
used in the publication; Kanto Daishinsai Kinnen Shashin-cho
(Memorial Photographic Album of the Great Kanto Earthquake).
In 1924 he opened his first studio, the Okada Koyo Shashin Studio.
Okada also spent time in Europe in 1926 and 1927 and published
his second book in 1927 entitled Okada Koyo no Fuji Hyaku Geishu
(One Hundred Views of Mt. Fuji). During the 1930s he photographed
many of Japan’s national parks which gained him notoriety
at home and abroad. In 1940 he established the Mount Fuji
Photo Association (Fuji Shashin Kyokai) as the group's chairman.
But during World War II Okada lost all of his negatives and equipment
which drove him even more to photograph Mt. Fuji. In the late
1940s Okada became better accepted into Japan's art community
and throughout the 1950s and 1960s carried on his life's work
of photographing Mt. Fuji. This resulted in numerous exhibitions
and book titles about his beloved mountain, as well as garnering
him many awards and citations. His photographs are also used
on Japanese currency and postage stamps to this day. There is
also a photography museum dedicated to him in Yamanashi Prefecture
near Mount Fuji called the Koyo
Okada Photo Art Museum.
Condition: very good.