Kiyoshi Koishi


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(1908–57), Japanese photographer. Born in Osaka, he was a pioneer of Japanese commercial photography through his advertising studio, and an important proponent of pre-war ‘new photography’. From 1928 he was active in Osaka's prestigious Naniwa Shashin Club alongside Nakaji Yasui. He early explored alternative techniques, such as photomontage, camera movement and solarization to express his strong viewpoints. His exhibition Shoka Shinkei (Early Summer Nerves; 1932, pub. 1933) is exceptional for its anti-war stance and avant-garde style. Amongst other projects he collaborated with Ihei Kimura and others on a photo-mural for the Paris Exposition Universelle, 1937.

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