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Book cover for Ihei Kimura, 1937, Shashin jitsugi daikoza dai-ni kan: Kogata kamera no utsushikata / tsukaikata, [Master Course in Practical Photography, vol. 2: Shooting With and Using Small Cameras]" (Tokyo: Genkosha)
Swann Galleries - New York
Courtesy of Swann Galleries (Auction, May 15, 2008, #2146, Lot 107)
Illustrated with reproductions of a plethora of Kimura's pioneering photographs. 8vo, silver-stamped blue cloth with geometric pattern, minor discoloration to front tissue flyleaf and free endpapers; original printed board slipcase, age-darkened. first edition, with the original photograph in a tipped-in envelope at rear.
with--Portrait of a smiling woman. Silver print, 5 3/4x4 inches (14.6x10.2 cm.); enclosed in the original tipped-in envelope.
The 1930s saw Kimura assume a highly visible role in Japanese photography. Closely associated with his Leica camera, Kimura''s sensibility of "snapshot spontaneity," and his proclivity for photographing the informal aspects of Japanese life were suited to the camera''s format. Primarily working as a photojournalist during and after WWII, Kimura won continued acclaim and multiple prestigious prizes late in his life.