Born Ogawa Yasusaburo in Hiroshima Prefecture, Gesshu Ogawa (1891-1967) entered the Tokyo School of Fine Arts intending to become a painter, but he turned to photography instead. He pursued photography at a time when Pictorialism was flourishing in Japan during the Taisho Era (1912-1926). Throughout the 1920s he produced many artistic images both in silver gelatin and bromoil, a pigment printing process that
Ogawa came to master. His work was also published in leading photography journals of the day. In 1927 Ogawa opened a portrait studio in Osaka applying his artistic aesthetic to commercial photography, gaining him further notoriety in both commercial and artistic circles.
When he died in 1967 he left behind a body of work that is considered some of the finest art photography done in Japan during the 20th century. His work is now held in the permanent collections of many museums including the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography and the Yokohama Museum of Art,
as well as his work being included in a major touring exhibition on the history of Japanese Photography from the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
- stock nr:
- GESSHU OGAWA
- Rural scenic of a marsh
- multi inked bromoil prints with retouched highlights done by applying white pigments
- date created:
- 1923 — date printed: c1923
- height 200mm x width 285mm — height 7.87inch x width 11.22inch