condition excellent, Japanese bromoil prints are exceedingly rare.
an archive of photographs by Hirogane discovered in Tokyo during
the mid 1990s. Condition very good.
Born: 1894, died: unknown
Hirogane was a talented pictorialist who financed his passion
for photography through his professional life. Such avocation
scenarios were commonplace with Japanese art photographers during
the 1920s and 1930s. A corporate accountant by profession, Hirogane
was born in Okayama City, the first son of Tamataro Hirogane.
In 1916 he graduated from Tokyo Shogyo Koto Gakko (Tokyo Commercial
High School) and upon graduating was employed by Mitsubishi Heavy
Industries at their Nagoya Aircraft Manufacturing Division as
a section chief accountant.
Hirogane is known to have resided in Nagoya as late as 1938,
but it's not known exactly how long he remained there. But he
was very fortunate to have been living in Nagoya which had a
thriving photo art scene during the 1920s and 1930s. This was
mostly centered around the Aiyu Shashin Club (Aiyu Photo Club),
which was founded by Japanese photo greats Chotaro Hidaka and
Matsutaro Ohashi. This group was dedicated to romantic landscape
pictorialism, often times employing the use of pigment printing.
It is possible (but only speculation) that Hirogane was in contact
with this group as he used both silver gelatin and bromoil printing
techniques. Many of the photos by him are of rural scenics as
well as industrial views. It is now presumed most of these views
were taken in and around Aichi Prefecture, where Nagoya City
is located, including the industrial environs where he worked.