THE MOVEMENT OF CLOUDS AROUND MOUNT FUJI by Helmut Völter
While working on his celebrated book Cloud Studies on the history of scientific cloud photography from the 1880s through the 1960s, Leipzig artist/photographer Helmut Völter discovered the untouched archive of cloud studies by the Japanese physicist Masanao Abe (1891–1966). Fascinated by the quality, uniqueness of observation concept, precision and formal rigor of Abe’s photographs, Volter publishes them here for the first time in this both elegant and expansive publication. In the 1920s, Abe built an observatory with a view of Mount Fuji from which over the course of 15 years, he recorded the ever-changing cloud formations surrounding the iconic mountain. Abe ingeniously combined several film processes in his longterm study—photography, film, stereo-photogrammetry, stereo-film, drawings, maps and meteorological measurements—to discover more about the invisible air streams around Mt Fuji. Volter reproduces a variety of images by this passionate cineaste who saw photographs, moving pictures and stereo recordings as the ideal form of scientific evidence.