5 imagesSuizan Kurokawa (1882 - 1944) 黒川翠山 The father of Japanese pictorialism: Born in Kyoto, his birth name was Tanejiro Kurokawa. The son of a Kyoto textile merchant, he worked in his family's business until the age of thirteen. In 1900, due to heavily incurred debts, the family firm went bankrupt. This event had great impact on Kurokawa, and as a result he began to pursue photography. In 1906 he entered a photo competition at the Sensho Kinen Hakurankai Exposition, held to commemorate Japan's victory in the Russo-Japan War. His work entitled Ame Ato (After the Rain) showed a view of Mt. Hie, which won him a silver award. This became the spark that launched his career. Kurokawa was regularly published in the Osaka based magazine Shashin Reidai-shu (lit. Photo Example magazine) around 1910. He was also employed in the photo department of the Hakubun-kan publishing company's Kyoto office. His photographs were also published in photography journals, as well as kabuki magazines during the 1910s and 1920s. He is best known for landscape and cultural landmark views, portrayed in a style heavily influenced by sansui-ga. This traditional style of Japanese painting interpreted through photography became Kurokawa's trademark. As a result, his concepts had a strong influence on many Japanese pictorialist during the peak years of 1910 to 1925.
7 imagesTanaka & Company Five pictorialist postcard set of Arashiyama, Kyoto. Multi-tone collotype postcards, 1910s. Very delicate and high grade collotype cards made during the peak of Japan’s pictorialism era. On the reverse all cards have bilingual captions and ornate cherry blossom shaped Arashiyama visitors stamps. Arashiyama is a popular tourist destination on the western outskirts of Kyoto where the Oi River passes through the mountains forming a scenic backdrop. This area is most popular during the sakura cherry blossom season in spring and in autumn when the mountain foliage changes colors. Price ¥55,000 (for set of 5)
5 imagesLate Colors of the Four Seasons: Autumn Complete set of four pictorialist postcards with original titled envelope (bottom right), publisher uncredited, 1920s. Photogravure postcards on thick paper stock. Price ¥35,000