(b Osaka, March 26, 1908; d Moji, Fukuoka, July 7, 1958).
Japanese photographer. He is known primarily as a leading representative of the New Photography movement of the 1930s. He joined the amateur Naniwa Photography Club in Osaka in 1928 and attracted attention with the work Forward! (see Kuwabara, p. 164), which he submitted to the Susume (‘Forward’) group’s 19th exhibition in 1930. Here, he created an impression of speed by moving the camera while photographing. In the large-scale collection Shoka shinkei (‘Early summer nerves’; Osaka, 1933), bound with a zinc cover, he created an original, poetic world, using a wide range of techniques such as solarization and photomontage. His Satsuei, sakuga no shingiho (‘Photography, a new technique of picture-making’; Tokyo, 1936) played an important role in establishing New Photography in Japan.
In 1938 Koishi became a staff photographer of the graphic magazine Shashin shūhō (‘Photographic weekly’) and photographed many regions of China. Of the photographs taken during this time, a series of ten was put together in ...