OLD PHOTOS of JAPAN, a photo blog of Japan in the Meiji, Taisho and Showa periods

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shows photos of Japan between the 1860s and 1930s. In 1854, Japan opened its doors to the outside world for the first time in more than 200 years. It set in motion a truly astounding transformation. As fate would have it, photography had just been invented. As the old country vanished and a new one was born, daring photographers took photos. Discover what life was like with their rare and precious photographs of old Japan.
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Felice Beato (1832–1909) lived and worked in Japan from 1863 through 1884, just as the country opened its doors to the world. He was extremely active in Japan, and portrayed the Japanese with dignity and as equals of Westerners. He was the first photographer in Japan to sell albums of his works. Most likely, it was Beato that introduced the later so diligently followed concept of “views” and “types” to photography of Japan.


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1890s • Young Family

Young Family "on the Road"

This charming studio shot of a young family “on the road” shows a father and mother with their three children. The mother is carrying a baby on her back, while the father has one in the basket. There are quite a few photos of people carrying young children in baskets like this, a remarkable number shot outside, so this must have been a common method to carry around young kids.

Photographer: Kimbei Kusakabe
Publisher: Kimbei Kusakabe
Medium: Albumen Print
Image Number 70531-0028

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Duits, K. (2009, May 15). 1890s • Young Family, Old Photos of Japan. Retrieved on 2020, Nov 25 from https://www.oldphotosjapan.com/photos/289/young-family

Posted by • 2009-05-15
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