Born and raised in Tokyo, Hiroshi Hamaya is considered to have been one of the most eminent Japanese documentary photographers of the 20th Century. Working as an aeronautical photographer and a freelance contributor to magazines during the 1930s, Hamaya began his career documenting his hometown from the sky and the streets. An assignment in 1939 saw Hamaya travel to the rural coast of the Sea of Japan, where he became interested in documenting the traditional customs of its people and the austere environment of the region. Over the next two decades he recorded life in remote coastal prefectures, developing a more humanist, ethnographic approach toward photography.
In this picture the fisherman is using a glass box to look underneath the water and catch fish.
Fisherman Spearing Fish, Hokkaido, Japan, 1957, 1957 (slight crop)
Artist’s stamp on verso
Print Date: 1960s