The Sunny Hawaii by Shizo Fukuhara
First Edition, First Printing, 1937
Signed and Dated by Shinzo Fukuhara
Very Good Condition
This is a signed first edition, first printing of “The Sunny Hawaii” published by the Japan Photographic Society, Tokyo in 1937. There are no records of a signed first edition being sold at auction over the past 50 years. Often called the father of Japanese modern photography, Shinzo Fukuhara is considered a pioneer of Japanese art photography and was truly a renaissance man. Trained as a scientist and pharmacologist in Japan and the U.S. (Columbia University), he was the first CEO of Shiseido Company, Ltd and a pioneer in modern cosmetic marketing and design. A detailed biography appears below. His contributions to creating and promoting photography as an art form cannot be overstated. In 1936, Fukuhara took numerous photographs during his visit to the islands of Hawaii and Oahu. From these photographs, 24 were selected to appear in “The Sunny Hawaii”. In his essay, “The History and Theory of Photography”, Kotaro Iizawa wrote, “It can be said that with Shinzo Fukuhara died the artistic photography of Japan. From a distance of some 50 years, his photographs evoke not simply nostalgia for the scenes of the past, but also an awareness of the tapestry of images that he so painstakingly created and on which he staked his entire aesthetic being. I am sure I am not the only one who could remain standing forever looking at his photos.” Anne Wilkes Tucker in her book, “The History of Japanese Photography” wrote, “Shinzo Fukuhara rebukedthe technique of heavily worked pigment prints that was then prevalent among photographic artists in Japan. He advocated an entirely more Modernist approach in its place: one in which the inherent qualities of photographs themselves are fore grounded--namely, its ability to reproduce gradations of light and dark. He writes: "The tones that are harmonized in an image--the tones of light and dark that are produced by gradations of light--are of primary significance in the photograph as a means of expression." While Fukuhara did not push the envelope nearly as far as would photographers in the 1930's, he was extremely influential for large numbers of practitioners, the style he advocated becoming pretty much ubiquitous through the 1920s.”
Measuring 10.75” x 8.25”, the book is bound in card covers and is housed in the original card slipcase. The condition of the book is Very Good with some foxing to the covers. The slipcase is in VERY GOOD condition with scattered foxing and professionally repaired tears to the edges and the back of the slipcase. The book has been boldly signed and dated by Shinzo Fukuhara on a preliminary page.
Photographs of the front and back of the slipcase, the book cover, signature treatment, title page, and several photographs contained in the book appear in the photo section of the listing.