Japanese - English
There is no known image of the man
The following images are courtesy of Lord Meher ; Bhau Kalchuri - pages 1379, 1441, 1443, 1444, 1452 and 1461.
Negatives are owned by Martin Cook, who purchased them from Imai's widow.
Meher Baba was taken by his English followers to Kinye Imai's Studio at 83 Ebury Street London W1 on Wednesday the 30th September 1931 where he was photographed. 6 portraits were taken in black & white. All images colourized by Anthony Zois.
83 EBURY STREET LONDON W1
courtesy of Google's "street view"
July 18, 1956 : London
The same evening at 8 P.M., another reception for the public was held at the Rubens Hotel, and almost one hundred seventy-five people attended. Among the crowd included Kathleen Pritchard, Mollie and Douglas Eve, Stephanie Haggard, the Lawtons, Mr. and Mrs. Imai (the Japanese photographer who had taken Baba's portraits in 1931), and several friends of Irene Conybeare. Each person was allowed half a minute to meet Baba and receive prasad. Tom Hopkinson brought each person to Baba. Will and Delia were seated on either side of him. Baba looked resplendent seated on a purple satin-covered settee with velvet cushions, purple hangings in the background and a huge canopy of flowers on either side arranged by Dorothy Hopkinson. Baba looked absolutely regal and glowing the whole evening. Refreshments of tea, cakes and sandwiches were served and again entertainment was performed.
The following are artworks inspired by the photographs taken by Kinye
The American artist Charles Mills painted 3 of the portraits.
The American artist David Jermann also painted from these photographs
The Australian artist Trisha Migdoll also painted from these photographs
The American artist David Barison also painted from these photographs.
The Indian artist Naresh Kanigiri also painted from these photographs.
The American artist Cherie Plumlee also created an artwork from these photographs.
The American artist Lyn Ott also painted from these photographs.
The Australian artist Claire Mataira also painted from these photographs
Imai Studio London Telephone listings
1927 - 1934 = 32 Ebury Street, SW1
1935 - 1939 = 65 Ebury Street, SW1
1940 - 1949 = 3 Kensington High Street, W8
1950 - 1951 = 3 Kensington High Street, W8 ( 2 entries those years) + 307 Royal Palace Hotel, W8
1952 - 1963 = 3 Kensington High Street, W8
1966 - 1968 = 3 Kensington High Street, W8
1973 - last entry K. Imai Photog. 3 Kensington High Street.
All the above listings are courtesy of Paul Edwards