Konomeru Jisaku no E o Atsumete [A Selection of my Works that I like].

KAJIWARA Keibun (1924].)

£4800.00  [First Edition]

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First edition. No. 140 of a limited edition of 200 (?) copies. 50 photographic plates (many tipped in), including one in colour, with facing tissue guards. Folio measuring 24,5x32cm. Original flexible boards (lacking slipcase) with tipped-in colour plate, bottom left corner sunned, but overall a very good copy presented to the Asakura Shashin Kenkyu-bu. [5](text)ff. N.p., Privately Published, dated: Taisho 13 [i.e.

Kajiwara Keibun (dates unknown) was a noted member of the Naniwa Shashin Club and the Tenkyu-kai in Osaka. This beautifully themed book was privately published by the author in an unspecified but small limited edition. It contains introductions by Mori Ippei, Kometani Koro, and Kajiwara respectively. In his own introduction he states that he has been taking photographs since 1910 and that the present book shows his work over the last fourteen years. The title aptly expresses the new-found confidence of amateur photographers in Japan. Kajiwara seems to have travelled widely and the table of content gives the dates and locations for each image. In the first two decades of its history (founded in 1904) the Naniwa Shashin Club was steeped in Pictorialist photography. Kajiwara's scenic views are particularly delicate, but some of the urban scenes and portraits are also remarkable. He used a number of differently coloured papers in the production of this book. We have not been able to establish the origins of the Asakura Shashin Kenkyu-bu, but assume that it was a pictorialist photography club. Extremely rare. Only one copy in OCLC. 

Stock Code: 247457

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