Watanabe, Yoshio (渡辺義雄).
Snappu shashin no neraikata (スナップ写真の狙い方) [The Aim of Snapshot Photography].
Tokyo, Genkosha, dated: Showa 12 [i.e. 1937].
(6), 268, (8)pp. with numerous photographic plates. Japanese text.
21 x 16,5 cm. Original decorated boards in original slipcase (Design by Koshiro Onchi).
From1925-28 Yoshio Watanabe (1907-2000) attended Konishi College of Photography (present-day Tokyo Institute of Polytechnics). In 1931 joined the editorial staff of the monthly magazines 'Oriental News' and 'Photo Times'. In 1934 began to work for the 'Society of the Promotion of International Cultural Relations'. After the war became involved in various professional organisations for the promotion of photography. In 1956 he visited China, Europe, and the Soviet Union. Became famous for documenting Japanese architecture. Also a key figure in persuading the government that photography deserved a museum of its own. His efforts culminated with the construction of the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography in Ebisu, Tokyo, where he served as the museum's first director.
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. Titus Boeder 2007 / Japanese Photography from the Pre-War Period: Photobooks & Prints.
Only one copy in OCLC (Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, library copy lacks slipcase).
Very fine copy in the original slipcase.