Views of Japan

Collection Data

Photographic images of landscapes, architecture, and people of Japan.
Beato, Felice, b. ca. 1825 (Photographer)
Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1870 - 1879 (Questionable)
Library locations
The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Photography Collection
Shelf locator: MFZ (Beato) 96-4154
Landscapes (Representations) -- Japan
Content: Letterpress descriptive text accompanies each mounted photograph.
Statement of responsibility: Felice Beato.
Biographical/historical: The technology of photography was introduced into Asian countries soon after its invention in various forms in Europe. The first daguerreotype camera was imported into Japan in 1848 (the patent dates to 1839). Wet and dry plate photographic processes were introduced into Japan by Dutch photographers stationed on the island of Dejima, in Nagasaki Bay, beginning in the 1850s. Japan was first opened to foreigners following the entry of Admiral Perry into Tokyo Bay in 1853 (a daguerreotype photographer accompanied Perry's expedition); we thus have an extensive photographic documentation of Japan, and of interaction between the Japanese and foreigners, from this period on. Felice Beato accompanied the British expeditionary army into China in 1860, and photographed the first military campaign. Beato set up his photographic studio with Charles Wirgman in Yokohama in 1863. The peripatetic Beato opened a photography studio and curio shop in Mandalay, Burma (now Myanmar) in 1885.
Physical Description
Extent: 77 pl. fol. : albumen prints [4 boxes]
Albumen prints
Type of Resource
Still image
RLIN/OCLC: 40546647
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b13951740
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): d670a580-c6cf-012f-1cc4-58d385a7bc34
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