Snow Land. Photographs by Hiroshi Hamaya. Mainichi Shinbun, 1956. 19 pp. text + plates. Large quarto. First printing. Stiff wrappers in photo-illustrated dust jacket. 108 gravure reproductions. Card slipcase with printed label. Original publisher's inserts.
Slipcase shown below.
Oneof the most important Japanese documentary works of the 1950s. Hamaya was the first Asian photographer to be inducted into the prestigious Magnum Agency. From about 1939, he came under the influence of ethnologist Keizo Shibusawa. He developed an interest in documenting rapidly disappearing traditional rituals and agricultural life in the countryside. In 1940 he began work on the work that would later appear in Yukiguni (Snow Land) series in rural Niigata prefecture as well as on the Ura Nihon (Japan’s Back Coast) series. In 1955 Hamaya caught the attention of Edward Steichen who included him in the Family of Man exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. He was inducted into Magnum in 1960.
Included in 802 Photo Books. A selection from the M+M. Auer collection
Near Fine- in Near Fine- dust jacket and Very Good+ slipcase; some pages show 'ghost' images of pages opposite; wraps clean with one light corner bump and a bit small area of bubbling; jacket foxed on its verso; worn and lightly abraded at extremities with small tears at spine tips; slipcase worn and lightly soiled with some areas age darkening; small chip to spine area; upper edge tear along a 1 1/2" length.