Return to Bunka Shashin-shu Photographs, 1922:
Rare Rotogravures from the Japanese Magazine
|Maroni Kumazawa - Sogai Haruiro (The Color of Spring Outside The Window)|
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|Image Date: 1922|
|Print Date: 1922|
|Dimensions: 4.75 x 6.75 in. (121 x 171 mm)|
|Photo Country: Japan|
|Photographer Country: Japan|
|Description: Title on mount. Accompanied by tissue sheet describing technical details. This is plate 8 from volume 3.
Reproduced in "Art Photography in Japan 1920-1940" plate 3.
This image is from Bunka Shashin-shu, the magazine published by the Tokyo-based photo group Shashin Bunka Kyokai. The publication was influenced by Stieglitz's Camera Work. The group held regular juried exhibitions that included work by leading Japanese pictorialists of the 1920s. Top selections were published in their magazine. Only three issues were actually published, June, August, and September of 1922, although it was intended to be a monthly publication.
Kumazawa was a photographer from Kobe. In 1923 he won an award from the Royal Photographic Society of England, which lead to his work being exhibited and recognized internationally. In 1924 Kumazawa moved to Tokyo to work for the photographic magazine Shashin Shimpo Sha. During that same year he and Shinzo Fukuhara launched the Nihon Shashin Kai (Japan Photographic Society) and he remained a core member of this large group. In 1928 he organized the magazine Shashin Hokoku and later, the group Tamagawa Photo Friends. 1|