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Maker(s):Kageyama Kōyō
Culture:Japanese (1907-1981)
Title:Preparations for the "Evacuation" of Negatives and Albums
Date Made:1945-01-28
Materials:gelatin silver print
Measurements:Sheet: 11 x 14"; Image: 9 x 12.875"
Accession Number:  AC 2014.59
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:
In the spring of 1945 Kageyama Kōyō decided to move his family from their house in Tamagawa Garden City on the outskirts of Tokyo back to his hometown of Hamamatsu for their safety since aerial bombings had begun in the city. He and his family sorted through his copious photographs and negatives to pack them away for the trip. He writes that they were “more precious to him than his life.” He carried them the whole way in a bundle on his back. Fortunately, the majority of his images survived the war.

Professor Samuel C. Morse, 2015

families; wars; households; fathers; mothers; children

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