山沢栄子 『私の現代』



  サイズ:204 mm × 297 mm 
  ページ数:224 pages

  Published in June 2019.
  ISBN: 978-4-86541-096-9

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About Book


1970―80年代に手がけたカラーとモノクロによる抽象写真シリーズ<What I Am Doing>を中心に、抽象表現の原点を示す1960年代の写真集『遠近』を収載する。

テキスト/池上司・鈴木佳子 年譜、主要参考文献


This catalogue was published for Eiko Yamazawa's first posthumous retrospective that was co-organized by the Otani Memorial Art Museum, Nishinomiya City and the Tokyo Photographic Art Museum in 2019.
Born in Osaka in 1899, Eiko Yamazawa studied photography in the United States in the 1920s and opened a portrait studio in Osaka in 1931 as the first female professional photographer in Japan.
After retiring in 1960, she was engaged in creating abstract color photography that finally achieved conceptual and experimental expression. However, Yamazawa's work has never been examined in detail before, because her distinctive style had nothing in common with the mainstream of photographic circle in Japan.
As a result, she has been largely forgotten since her death in 1995. The main purpose of this book is therefore to situate her work in the history of photography beyond a national framework by examining her career in relation to American photography.
Consisting of four chapters, the book is composed backwards in time, to explore the background of Yamazawa's abstract photography. The first chapter features Yamazawa's abstract photography series What I Am Doing from the 1970s and 1980s, which includes highly conceptual and self-reflexive pieces in which she shot her camera supplies as well as re-photographing her work from the past.
The second chapter reproduces Yamazawa's 1962 photo book Far and Near in its entirety, the third presented examples of American photography that she was exposed to, and the last examines her early portraits and related documents to clarify the starting point. This composition allows us to trace Yamazawa's long career as a photographic artist who continued to create work on a different plane than the mainstream of Japanese photography.
The book also includes essays by two curators based on their recent research, reprints three essays penned by Yamazawa from the 1920s and 1950s, and a detailed biography and bibliography.

Artist Information 



Eiko Yamazawa (1899-1995)
Born in Osaka, Japan in 1899, Eiko Yamazawa graduated from the nihonga (Japanese-style painting) department at the Private Women's School of Fine Arts in Tokyo in 1918.
She traveled to San Francisco in 1926 and studied oil painting at the California School of Fine Arts until 1927.
During this time, she also learned photography as an assistant of the American photographer Consuelo Kanaga.
In 1928, she moved to New York City and worked for Nickolas Muray before returning to Japan in 1929 to open her own photography studio in Osaka in 1931. During the World War II, she evacuated to Nagano Prefecture where she continued to take portraits. As air raids destroyed her studio, she made living by producing advertisement photography after the war. In 1955, she revisited New York City to meet Kanaga, and began making abstract color photography in about 1957. In 1962, her first photo book Far and Near was published.
In the 1970s and 1980s, she held numerous solo exhibitions titled What I Am Doing to show her abstract photography.
In 1994, her solo exhibition was held at the Itami City Museum of Art, marking her only museum exhibition during her life time. In 2019, her first posthumous retrospective was held at the Otani Memorial Art Museum, Nishinomiya City and the Tokyo Photographic Art Museum. Her works are in the collection of the Tokyo Photographic Art Museum, the Kawasaki City Museum, and the Nakanoshima Museum of Art, Osaka.



生誕120年 山沢栄子 私の現代