Tokyo : Arusu, Shōwa 5 . First edition.
A technical text by Japanese photographer Ishida Kiichirō (1886-1957) on how to print photographs using his own bromoil process, illustrated with plates of photographs by the author. Ishida, at that time an employee of the Okura Trading Company, came to Sydney in 1919, where he met photographer Ichiro Kagiyama, who taught him the basics of photography. In a very short time he won a high reputation in Sydney and was welcomed as a member of the Photographic Society of New South Wales and the Sydney Camera Circle. Ishida submitted his works in various national and international competitions and exhibitions with great success, and President of the Photographic Society of NSW, D.J. Webster, described him as 'that photographic meteorite from the East that swooped down in our midst with hurricane suddenness' ("Pacific Exposures: Photography and the Australia–Japan Relationship", Miles, 2018). This particular book includes numerous photographic illustrations of gumtrees and other non-Japanese scenes that Ishida presumably took during his time in Australia. An interesting text written by Ishida after his return from Australia to Japan, with examples of photographs taken by him in Australia and no copies located in Trove.
Original boards, endpapers browned, light foxing to textblock edges. Ex-owner's name to title page in pen. Small marginal tear to p. 103-104. Very light browning to pages. Comes in original card slipcase, lightly soiled and with a small scrape to the lower board. Overall very good to near fine. 1 v., complete. 20, 6, 5, 5, 3, 179 p. + ads. 19.2 x 13.3 cm. Text in Japanese.