Kōrō Honjō was born in Osaka in 1907. He began taking photographs in 1935, and from 1938 on, became interested in surrealist tendencies and abstract art. He was among the founding members of the artist’s group Avantgarde Zoei Shudan (Avant-garde Image Group), which pursued radical forms of expression. Honjō practiced experimental techniques such as solarization, multiple printing, and multiple exposures. In the 1950s he produced abstract studies of nudes, one of which was published in subjektive fotografie 2 (1954). He was a member of the Japan Subjective Photography League from 1956 on.