Sakae Tamura

Photographer, Visual Artist

1906 – 1987

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Who was Sakae Tamura?

Sakae Tamura was a Japanese photographer, prominent in the years before the war.

Born in Ōtsu, Shiga Prefecture, Tamura graduated from the Tokyo College of Photography and entered Oriental in 1928 and became editor of Photo Times. He was an active contributor to the magazine Geijutsu Shashin Kenkyū and in the group Nihon Kōga Kyōkai, created in 1928 and related to Nihon Kōga Geijutsu Kyōkai. He was a leading figure in the New Photography Research Society, formed in 1930.

Tamura's work was influenced both by pictorialism and by New Photography.

Tamura is particularly known for his portraits, and Shiroi hana is the best known of these and widely anthologized. Okatsuka says that it expresses a certain lyricism but “displays a more sophisticated sense of maturity” than the works of his contemporaries Masataka Takayama and Jun Watanabe.

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Born
1906
Profession
Lived in
  • Shiga Prefecture
Died
1987

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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