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Kiyoshi Koishi

Kiyoshi Koishi is known for being one of the most influential photographers in the Japanese scene during the earlier part of the 20th century.

Born in 1908 in Osaka, Koishi’s fascination with snapshots started at an early age. As a teen, he joined the Naniwa Photography Club. In 1930, he broke grounds with his snapshot “Forward!” which he submitted to the group’s 19th Susume exhibition. Koishi created this groundbreaking snapshot by moving the camera while taking a picture – giving a perception of speed.

Koishi’s portrait, the monograph “Shoka Shinkei” (Early Summer Nerves) from the compilation Satsuei, sakuga no shingiho (Photography, a new technique of picture making), became a pivotal image for the promotion of Japanese modernist photography. Koishi’s mastery of photographic techniques such as photomontage enabled him to come up with surrealistic images.

In 1938, Koishi worked for “Shashin Shuho,” a photography magazine published by the Japanese government. He continued to shoot images until his untimely demise.

Even after his death in 1957, Koishi’s works where shown in many photography exhibits, the most notable one being “Kiyoshi Koishi and the Naniwa Shashin Club.” The exhibit was held at the Seibu Contemporary Art Gallery and the Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Modern Art in 1988.

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