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Tōyō, Okamoto (1891–1969)

Spring Beauty of Kyoto 1925-29

Folding concertina album | 33.2 x 30.5 x 8 cm (book in box) | RCIN 2862255

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Unfolding like the panels of a Japanese screen, this album contains images of the former imperial capital, Kyoto, at cherry blossom season. Each photograph was taken using a simple vest pocket camera. This straightforward approach was a reaction against a complex, painterly style of photography that spread from Europe to Japan in the 1890s. Deliberately devoid of contemporary buildings and crowds, the tranquil views offer an escape from the city’s urban transformation.

Tōyō, Okamoto (1891–1969)

The rōmon at Kami-gamo shrine

Tōyō, Okamoto (1891–1969)

Wooden footbridge in Kyoto

Tōyō, Okamoto (1891–1969)

Byōdō-in

Tōyō, Okamoto (1891–1969)

View from a terrace or bridge

Tōyō, Okamoto (1891–1969)

Cherry blossom canopy

Tōyō, Okamoto (1891–1969)

Japanese gateway

Tōyō, Okamoto (1891–1969)

Japanese pavilion with cherry blossom

Tōyō, Okamoto (1891–1969)

Study of a cherry blossom tree

Tōyō, Okamoto (1891–1969)

Fire-basket in Maruyama Park

Tōyō, Okamoto (1891–1969)

Hitoe Shiro Higan Shidare Sakura

Tōyō, Okamoto (1891–1969)

Study of a cherry blossom tree

Tōyō, Okamoto (1891–1969)

Landscape with two cherry blossom trees

Tōyō, Okamoto (1891–1969)

The walls of Kyoto Imperial Palace

Tōyō, Okamoto (1891–1969)

Kenreimon, Kyoto Imperial Palace

Tōyō, Okamoto (1891–1969)

Japanese covered walkway

Tōyō, Okamoto (1891–1969)

Weeping cherry tree branches

Tōyō, Okamoto (1891–1969)

In the grounds of the Heian Shrine

Tōyō, Okamoto (1891–1969)

Japanese punt in a moat

Tōyō, Okamoto (1891–1969)

Kiyomizu-dera temple

Tōyō, Okamoto (1891–1969)

Kiyomizu-dera temple

Tōyō, Okamoto (1891–1969)

The oarsman

Tōyō, Okamoto (1891–1969)

Cherry blossom trees by water

Tōyō, Okamoto (1891–1969)

Togetsu-kyō bridge