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Way to the Orient 東洋への道. - Francis Haar

HAAR, Francis.
Way to the Orient 東洋への道.
Large 8vo. 90pp b&w plates throughout in cloth covered boards with printed dust jacket and card slipcase. Japanese and Hungarian text. Tokyo: ARS publishing, 1941
Small tear to the side of the dust jacket.

The first photobook by self-taught Hungarian photographer Francis Haar.
Haar was invited to Tokyo in 1939 by the International Cultural Society of Japan. He established a photo studio in Tokyo and became the official photographer for publications such as the Army Weekly magazine of the US occupation forces in Japan.

Way to the Orient begins in Paris in 1939 and as its title suggests the photography captures a journey - the images move from the site of Notre Dame to a Venetian School Boat, to Port Said, a Shanghai Street, and finally to Fujiyama. A rare and beautiful example of travel photography from this time, highly unusual in its sequencing of images to enhance the feeling of transportation.

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