Kanbei HANAYA

Born 1903 in Edobori (Osaka), Hanaya graduated from Sakai Middle School in 1919. In 1920, he decided to become a photographer. Five years later in 1925, he traveled to Shanghai, and later to Hong Kong and Singapore. In 1929, at the age of 26, he opened a photography supply store in Ashiya (Hyogo Prefecture). Around the same time, he changed his name from his birth name Kazuo Kuwata to Kanbei Hanaya.

Hanaya in 1930 founded the Camera Club of Ashiya, and in 1939 submitted his photographic works to the Kokugakai Exhibition. In 1948, Hanaya participated in the founding of the Ashiya Art Association. In 1956, he became a member of the Kokugakai Association. He received the Hyogo Cultural Award in 1977 and with the Award of the Photographic Society of Japan and the Cultural Merit Award in 1986. He died in 1991.

 


"Poem of Kumanoji: At the Shore"

1978
Vintage Gelatin Silver Print
54.5×70.0cm
Pasted on the back the label from the Kokuga Exhibition

"Yabemachi Shiraito in Kumamoto Prefecture"

1958 (printed 1960)
Gelatin Silver Print
60.7×75.2cm
Label on the back

"Woman at Awa-odori"

1970
Gelatin Silver Print
44.0×36.7cm
Signed on the back
SOLD

 

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