By Terry Bennett
First released in 1996; this electronic version released 2013
This attention-grabbing ebook reproduces over one hundred forty photographs taken among 1853 and 1905 by means of crucial neighborhood and international photographers then operating in Japan. virtually one-fourth of the photographs are hand coloured, marvelous examples of a wealthy artwork shape lengthy when you consider that vanished. The Japan of this e-book too has disappeared, yet writer and compiler Terry Bennett has prepare a special portrait of the rustic at possibly its so much decisive turning element, a kingdom approximately to desert its conventional methods and input the trendy age.
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Extra info for Early Japanese Images
Circumstances during the Shimonoseki Bombardment were different. A landing was made, and the official photographer, Felice Beato, took a number of photographs. ) As Yokohama newspapers regularly carried advertisements for his studio, Parker must have produced a significant amount of material. But only a handful of cartes de visite have so far been identified as Parker's, and the fate of most of his work remains a mystery. The only Parker images I have ever seen are in the Worswick collection, which includes probably the best examples of pre-Meiji-era photography anywhere.
Kusakabe's w o r k is, I believe, underrated. Kusakabe was very popular with foreigners. O n l y Tamamura and Farsari seem to have been able to match him in output, and Kusakabe's w o r k is not difficult to find. His various studios in Yokohama operated from 1881 until at least 1913. Advertisements for Kusakabe often appeared in guidebooks, and obviously he was successful. Since he lived until he was ninety-three, it is frustrating that so little is k n o w n about his life. Japanese sources appear to agree only on Kusakabe's being b o r n in 1841 in Kofu, Yamanashi Prefecture, into a family of textile merchants.
Arrived in 1868, and stayed for fifteen years. H e must have rendered some service to the expedition because he received an Austrian commendation in 1871. At some stage he w o r k e d as an interpreter for the Prussian merchants Textor and C o m p a n y in Yokohama. A r o u n d this time he must have turned to photography, since an advertisement in the Yokohama Hong List and Directory of 1872 mentions the p h o t o studio of Stillfried and Company. Later Stillfried operated studios under the names the Japan Photographic Association (1876), Stillfried and Andersen (1876-79), and the Yokohama Library.