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Maker(s):Kageyama Kōyō
Culture:Japanese (1907-1981)
Title:Walking Together
Date Made:1934-08-09
Materials:gelatin silver print
Measurements:Sheet: 14 x 11"; Image: 12.750 x 9"
Accession Number:  AC 2014.51
Credit Line:Museum purchase with gift of funds from Scott H. Nagle (Class of 1985) in honor of Samuel C. Morse, Howard M. and Martha P. Mitchell Professor of the History of Art and Asian Languages and Civilizations, and the Richard Templeton (Class of 1931) Photography Fund
Museum Collection:  Mead Art Museum at Amherst College

Label Text:
This photograph, taken in August of 1934, depicts a fashionable young couple strolling along Watanabebashi Bridge in front of the Osaka Asahi Newspaper Building, one of the representative modernist buildings of the early Shōwa era. The work has become a defining image of the sophisticated urban lifestyle that permeated Japan’s major cities in the early 1930s. Mizusawa Tsutomu, director of the Kanagawa Prefectural Museum of Modern Art, describes it as a “masterwork that anyone would include among Kageyama Kōyō’s representative [photographs] for it reaches a [high] level of accomplishment with the reserved juxtaposition of light and dark, the clear, pared-down composition, [an image] that it is not an exaggeration to describe as the essence of prewar modernism.”

Professor Samuel C. Morse, 2015

urban; fashion; architecture; men; women

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