Ryukichi Shibuya - PHOTOGRAPHS New York Friday, April 16, 2010 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Acquired directly from the artist

  • Catalogue Essay

    Phillips de Pury & Company is pleased to present this fourth installment of Japanese Modernist photographs from the Jacobson/Hashimoto Collection.
    Widely recognized as an expert in the field of American and European photography, Tom Jacobson is best known for his efforts championing the work of the long-forgotten French photographer Pierre Dubreuil. With a similar goal to discover the great photographers of the East, Jacobson turned his attention to Japan’s rich history of art photography in the pre-war era. With a set of rare journals as his starting point, he and his assistant-turned-partner Kaori Hashimoto embarked on a journey that took them throughout Japan where they researched photographers, often meeting directly with them or their families. Looking at established and unknown photographers alike, and driven by the strength of the images themselves, together they amassed a collection of prints demonstrating the breadth of Japanese modernist photographs. From still-lifes and nudes, to landscapes and city scenes, these photographs reflect the talent and vitality of a culture that would be so drastically altered by war in the coming years.
    The following 28 lots include works by Fusao Hori, Yoshiyuke Iwase, Koyo Okada, Ryukichi Shibuya, Shikanosuke Yagaki and Iwao Yamawaki, among others. Most of the works are believed to be unique and almost all were acquired directly from the artists or their families.



Cigarettes, Camera & Coffee; Two women on street; and Woman in Kimono

circa 1936
Three gelatin silver prints.
(i)11 3/4 x 9 1/2 in. (29.8 x 24.1 cm) (ii)11 3/4 x 9 3/4 in. (29.8 x 24.8 cm) (iii)11 5/8 x 7 3/8 in. (29.5 x 18.7 cm).
Each signed in pencil on the verso.

$3,000 - 5,000 

Sold for $3,750


16 April 2010
New York