Photography in Japan is a fascinating visual record of Japanese culture during its metamorphosis from a feudal society to a modern, industrial nation at a time when the art of photography was still in its infancy Therare and antique photos in this book, most of them published here for the first time, chronicle the introduction of photography in Japan and early Japanese photography The images are than just a history of photography in Japan they are vital in helping to understand the dramatic changes that occurred in Japan during the mid nineteenth centuryThese rare Japanese photographs whether sensational or everyday, intimate or panoramic document a nation about to abandon its traditional ways and enter the modern era Taken betweenandby the most important Japanese and foreign photographers working in Japan, this is the first book to document the history of early photography in Japan a comprehensive and systematic way


10 thoughts on “Photography in Japan 1853-1912

  1. Elaine Meszaros Elaine Meszaros says:

    The actual text of this book is dull beyond words It chronicles the various European photographers who first photographed Japan, along with later European and Japanese photographers and their studios Yep, dull.The images are magnificent They show an exotic and beautiful world, now long gone Narrow winding streets, geisha in full kimonos, castles with rice paper windows and samurai in their mustached helmets are captured as their country is being engulfed by the west Check out this marvelous The actual text of this book is dull beyond words It chronicles the various European photographers who first photographed Japan, along with later European and Japanese photographers and their studios Yep, dull.The images are magnificent They show an exotic and beautiful world, now long gone Narrow winding streets, geisha in full kimonos, castles with rice paper windows and samurai in their mustached helmets are captured as their country is being engulfed by the west Check out this marvelous website for some of the images


  2. Chris Chris says:

    It s got it all, Japan, photography, whatcould you want


  3. Geoff Harris Geoff Harris says:

    It s a shame some reviewers here clearly need a lot of nice pictures to make it easier for them get through a serious book on photographic history Far from being a dull writer, Bennett is doing his job as a researcher, and anyway, there are some great stories here alongside the description and analysis He d be equally lambasted by other scholars if his text was too superficial I do agree with what has been said here about the images, though, they are superb This book is a treasure for anyone It s a shame some reviewers here clearly need a lot of nice pictures to make it easier for them get through a serious book on photographic history Far from being a dull writer, Bennett is doing his job as a researcher, and anyway, there are some great stories here alongside the description and analysis He d be equally lambasted by other scholars if his text was too superficial I do agree with what has been said here about the images, though, they are superb This book is a treasure for anyone interested in the subject