Shashin Shuho Semi Annual Pictorial
The 1st All-Kansai Photography Competition
Published: 1922 (Taisho year ’11)
The Osaka Asahi Shimbun-sha was a large Kansai based publishing company, part of a national publishing company called the Asahi Shimbun Goshi Kaisha. When the Osaka Asahi acquired a photogravure printing press in 1919, they launched the weekly photo magazine Asahi Graphic. With their dedication to promoting amateur photography, the Osaka Asahi held a series of open photography competitions in 1921. The first was held in Osaka on February 2, 1921 in which 700 photographers participated. Other one day competitions followed in Kobe, Kyoto, Nara, Wakayama, Nagoya, Tsu, Toyama, Kanazawa, Fukui, Kyoga, Tottori, Matsue, Okayama, Hiroshima, Tokushima, Takamatsu, Matsuyama, Monji, Fukuoka, Nagasaki, Sasebo, Kumamoto and Kagoshima. The grand contest day of them all was held on October 6, 1921 in towns along the Hanshin Kyuko Dentetsu railway line in the Kansai region. On that day 2700 photographers participated.
This catalog printed in photogravure, the result of that competition. Published on February 15, 1922 (Taisho ‘11) it includes 200 of the best images selected from all the entries. Each photograph is printed on double sided photogravure plates in various ink hues with facing tissue guards. The only text is the introduction which includes a detailed list of the 200 winners with technical data. There are also three pages of photographs showing the photographers in action during the competition. The very first photograph is by famed art photographer Hakuyo Fuchigami. The publisher and editor is Kanekichi Suzuki.
Size 10 in. x 7 1/4 in. x 1 in. (258 mm x 187 mm x 20 mm).