History of Early Japanese Photography: Kantō Region
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This exhibition is part of an ongoing series held at the Tokyo Photographic Art Museum that introduces early photographic technology and history through in-depth explorations of how photography entered and developed in different regions of Japan.
This exhibition focuses on culture related to early photography as it developed in the Kantō Region during the Bakumatsu and Meiji periods in 19th century Japan. Under the supervision of Takahashi Norihide, an expert on early photography and photographic processes in the College of Art at Nihon University, the exhibition provides easy-to-understand explanations of lost technologies for producing physical photographic images while also exploring the photographic culture that swept into Japan along with the opening of treaty ports during the Bakumatsu period and became established during the Meiji period.
Exhibits include groups of works that illustrate each of the early photographic methods as well as portraits of samurai who were both astounded and delighted by this new optical technology. There are also views of Edo, Yokohama, and Yokosuka taken by foreigners who visited Japan during the Bakumatsu period.
In addition, the exhibition also presents photographic portraits made in the earliest photographic studios in Japan, including a work by Ukai Gyokusen, the first Japanese to open a commercial photography studio. The exhibition introduces the first photographers to open businesses in various locations in the Kantō Region along with examples of their work.
Through original prints and negative plates as well as photographic equipment, tools, and more, this exhibition provides a fascinating and multifaceted overview of photography and related culture in Japan from its beginnings in the 1850s through its subsequent flowering in the remaining decades of the 19th century and into the early 20th century.