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Goro Kumada / Ken Domon / Masao Horino / Ihei Kimura and others - Nippon 日本, Kokusai Bunka Shinkokai, 1934/37, Tokyo

 

Hardcover, covered with silver-textured paper, 32 double-page back-to-back photomontages configured as an accordion fold-out, designed by Goro Kumada. With photographs by Yonosuke Natori, Ihei Kimura, Masao Horino, Yoshio Watanabe, Ken Domon and other members of the influential photojournalistic group "Nihon Kobo", which was headed by Natori Yonosuke.

"This book consists of a series of double-page plates on leaves mounted back to back to form a continous double-sided panorama of subjects relating to Japanese landscape, culture, economics, sports and the military. Each double-plate page comprises more or less elaborate photomontages, giving it a dynamic sense of drama. This publication was not for sale. It was probably given to government officials and embassies to promote Japan’s cause. It stands out as one of the best photobooks to have been produced before the war years, both in terms of the photography, design and the quality of printing.“ (Titus Boeder)

From the "Collection Fotosammlung OstLicht"

Pages: 66
Place: Tokyo
Year: 1934/37
Publisher: Kokusai Bunka Shinkokai
Size: 30 x 27 cm (approx.)


Included in "The Photobook: A History Volume I" by Parr/Badger
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Included in "The Japanese Photobook, 1912–1990" by Kaneko Ryuichi & Manfred Heiting
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Hardcover, covered with silver-textured paper, 32 double-page back-to-back photomontages configured as an accordion fold-out, designed by Goro Kumada. With photographs by Yonosuke Natori, Ihei Kimura, Masao Horino, Yoshio Watanabe, Ken Domon and other members of the influential photojournalistic group "Nihon Kobo", which was headed by Natori Yonosuke.

"This book consists of a series of double-page plates on leaves mounted back to back to form a continous double-sided panorama of subjects relating to Japanese landscape, culture, economics, sports and the military. Each double-plate page comprises more or less elaborate photomontages, giving it a dynamic sense of drama. This publication was not for sale. It was probably given to government officials and embassies to promote Japan’s cause. It stands out as one of the best photobooks to have been produced before the war years, both in terms of the photography, design and the quality of printing.“ (Titus Boeder)

From the "Collection Fotosammlung OstLicht"

Pages: 66
Place: Tokyo
Year: 1934/37
Publisher: Kokusai Bunka Shinkokai
Size: 30 x 27 cm (approx.)


Included in "The Photobook: A History Volume I" by Parr/Badger
>> see more Vol. I picks here

Included in "The Japanese Photobook, 1912–1990" by Kaneko Ryuichi & Manfred Heiting
>> see more picks from that book