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Sunappu Shashin no nerai kata. [The method of taking snap-shots].

WATANABE Yoshio (1937].)

£750.00  [First Edition]

Available to view at our Curzon Street shop.

First edition. Numerous photographic plates. Japanese text. 8vo. Original decorated cloth in slipcase, a fine copy. [vi], 268, [viii](ads.)pp. Tokyo, Genkosha, dated: Showa 12 [i.e.

Watanabe's first 'How to' book and possibly his best before the War. Hundreds of images are given detailed technical descriptions. Most of them show scenes in and around Tokyo, including some remarkable night views. They oscillate between 'Shinko shashin' and documentary photography. Plate 47 shows a remarkable picture of a lady sitting in a café on the Ginza. The image is divided into two parts by an open glass-fronted door reflecting the high buildings on the opposite side. It could have been taken anywhere in Paris or Berlin. After the war Watanabe concentrated almost exclusively on architectural photographs. Due to the high cost of photographic publishing 'how-to' books were often the only way for a photographer to get his images into print. This book is vol. 4 of the Shashin jitsugi daikoza series.

Stock Code: 210284