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Amateurism, Aura, Anarchy The Significance of Modernity for Nakaji Yasui (1903-1942)

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1일본히토츠바시대학

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Amateurism, Aura, Anarchy The Significance of Modernity for Nakaji Yasui (1903-1942) Nakaji Yasui is a representative figure of modernity in photographic circles in Japan. He was born at the beginning of the twentieth century and died in the second year of the Pacific War. His works always provide a perspective of society, while also making a connection with the intellect towards civilization. He never abandoned this perspective, which is exceptional for amateurism when the world aspect was rapidly changing. Clearly, it was elaborated in various ways as to how observation leads to truthful inferences of an external world. Here Yasui will be described in terms of intellectual history, rather than the art history of these times. His action and work will be analysed in relation to what Yasui names as 'an invisible big thread'. I will define the significance of modernity for Yasui through an exploration of his 'amateurism'. the aura of his works which based on other's dignity, and the autonomy of his photographic expression which manifests a spirit of anarchy. It marks the seventieth anniversary of the end of the Second World War, and I will provide a new perspective on the times that offers the possibility of an intellectual course through the current crisis in Japan.

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