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Japan in Early Photographs
Japan in Early Photographs
Japan in Early Photographs
Japan in Early Photographs
Japan in Early Photographs
Japan in Early Photographs
Japan in Early Photographs
Japan in Early Photographs
Japan in Early Photographs
Japan in Early Photographs
Japan in Early Photographs
Japan in Early Photographs
Japan in Early Photographs
Japan in Early Photographs

Japan in Early Photographs

The Aime Humbert Collection at the Museum of Ethnography, Neuchatel

Edited by Gregoire Mayor
By (author) Gregoire Mayor
Edited by Akiyoshi Tani
By (author) Akiyoshi Tani
Contributions by Phillippe Dallais

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  • The Humbert Collection, containing approximately 140 vintage photographs collected between 1863/64 in Japan, is an invaluable account of the Edo-to-Meiji period transition, which shaped the West's image of this insular nation
  • Contains some of the earliest photographs by Felice Beato and Shimooka Renjô
  • Infrared photographs - a new form of research undertaken by Tokyo University - allow us to read hitherto hidden metadata on the back of the prints
Full Description
Photographs taken in Japan between the late Edo period and early Meiji periods found their way overseas, and played a major role in forming Westerners' image of Japan. Among these collections, the pictures gathered by the Swiss diplomat Aimé Humbert (1819-1900) in the 1860s were crucial in building lasting representations of the island nation: many of these, mainly collected in 1863/64 during a sojourn in Yokohama and Edo, were used as sources for the well-known and largely distributed engravings of his famous book Le Japon illustré, published in Paris in 1870. Belonging to the collection of the MEN, these beautiful and well-preserved photographs are published here for the first time. Presented by Japanese and Swiss scholars before the narrative backdrop of their acquisition and application by foreigners, they offer a striking view of a lost world.
About the Author

Grégoire Mayor is adjunct curator at the MEN - Museum of Ethnography, Neuchâtel (CH), and lecturer in visual anthropology at the Institute of Ethnology, University of Neuchâtel. Tani Akyioshi was curator at the Shoji Ueda Museum of Photography, Tottori (JP) until 2000; researcher in the Conservation Laboratory at the Historiographical Institute, University of Tokyo (JP); part-time lecturer in the Department of Photography, Nihon University College of Art (JP); and visiting scholar (2007-2008) at the Center for the History of European Expansion, Leiden University (NL).

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Specifications
Publisher
Arnoldsche Art Publishers
ISBN
9783897900271
Published
19th Apr 2018
Binding
Hardback
Territory
UK, US, Eastern Europe, France, Benelux, Japan, South Korea, Africa, South America & Ireland exclusive. South Africa, N&M East non-exclusive
Size
290 mm x 220 mm
Pages
292 Pages
Illustrations
213 color
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