44 Original Photographs of Sado Island.
IWAMIYA Takeji (1962].)
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Vintage prints each measuring between 25x16 to 25x19,5cm. Minor wear, a few images with small tear in the margin, 3 images with damage to surface, several images with with red lines indicating cropping for publication purposes, but overall in very good condition. Together with a signed copy of the first Asahi Shimbun edition. No. 994 of a limited edition of 2000 copies. Folio. Original cloth-backed boards in dustwrapper (lacking slipcase). Tokyo, dated: Showa 37 [i.e.
Iwamiya Takeji (1920-1989) was born in Tottori. After graduating from Yonago Commerce and Sericultural School he worked in the shipbuilding industry from 1938 to 1941. He joined the army and was sent to China. Upon his return he settled in Osaka where he established his own studio in 1955. He had been visiting Sado island since 1954 and his first solo exhibition was held in 1956. He continued to make regular trips along the west coast. Most of the images are taken in Shukunegi, a small village five miles west of Ogi City. His approach to photography comes very close to Hamaya's Ura Nihon, both in the focus on hardship and folklore. The images have a strong pre-industrial (not to say medieval) flavour.
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