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  • Provenance

    Acquired directly from Kametaro Kawasaki, Tampei Shashin Club member

  • Catalogue Essay

    The Tampei Photography Club was an amateur group formed in Osaka in the 1930s. The key members included Osamu Shiihara, Terushichi Hirai and Kametaro Kawasaki. They, along with the Naniwa Photography Club were responsible for moving away from the traditional photography into a more avant-garde aesthetic. They were inspired by Moholy-Nagy and were some of the first to experiment with new modes. The works viewed here represent a project focused on the Osaka Military Middle School. It was during the 1930s as the military strengthened its position in the highest echelon of government, that children’s lives became more coloured by wartime ideology. In 1934 the first directive ordering schools to train students psychologically and physically was issued. This then amalgamated into dedicated to schools based all over Japan. This club project documents the activities and sports of the students, all represented within a modernist avant-garde format.

PROPERTY FROM THE JACOBSON/HASHIMOTO COLLECTION

167

Selected images of the Osaka Military Middle School

c.1935-45
Forty-four gelatin silver prints.
Forty three 11.4 x 15.9 cm. (4 1/2 x 6 1/4 in) and one 14.6 x 13 cm. (5 3/4 x 5 1/8 in).
Four signed Kametaro Kawasaki and one signed Katsumasa Kimura in pencil in Japanese, nineteen works with various credit stamps all on the verso.

Estimate
£2,000 - 4,000 

Sold for £4,375

Photographs

22 Nov 2008, 3pm
London