大連. [Dalian]. Ato Inga Kyokai (亜東印画協会) Ato Printing Association. 1922- circa 1930. Stock ID #150082
102 tipped-in professional gelatin silver prints on black card leaves, one to a page. A little oxidation causing mirroring at the edges of some images and some fading, one photograph creased but generally the photographs are in good condition. Photographs are accompanied by a tipped-in text description in Japanese (3 captions missing, 1 torn with significant loss). Unlettered paper covered boards, later red string tie. One leaf loosening and the margins of another creased in neither case affecting the image. Collection of professional photographs published by Ato Inga Kyokai (亜東印画協会：Ato Printing Association) a Japanese photography company based in Dalian between the 1922 and 1944. These photographs appeared in the journal published by Ato Inga Kyokai.
Albums of Ato Inga Kyokai's photographs are uncommon and this album is particularly unusual. It appears that this compilation of photographs may have been ordered by the original owner to match their own interest as there are a large number of images of Shanxi Province. Sixty-two images are of Shanxi Province with another 40 images of Chinese subjects although their location is not specified. The subjects covered in this interesting album include portraits and scenes showing farmers, workers and a number of striking landscapes.
The few albums of Ato Inga Kyokai's photographs which we have been able to locate, held by the University of Kyoto and the Diet Library in Tokyo, include some but not all of the photographs in this collection, a number of these photographs we have not been able to find in any collection. The photographs we have traced were all published in the period from 1922 to 1928. (When referring to this item please quote stockid 150082).
Price: $7,500.00 AU