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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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A Career of Japan is the first study of one of the major photographers and personalities of nineteenth-century Japan. Baron Raimund von Stillfried was the most important foreign-born photographer of the Meiji era and one of the first globally active photographers of his generation. He played a key role in the international image of Japan and the adoption of photography within Japanese society itself.


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1890s • Vegetable Vendor

Vegetable Vendor

Studio portrait of a vegetable vendor. The vendor is wearing a kasa (conical bamboo hat) and a mino (straw raincoat). He carries a pole with baskets filled with vegetables like Japanese radish, lotus roots, Welsh onions, burdocks, onions and carrots.

Peddlers like him were extremely common on the streets of Japan. There were peddlers for virtually everything, from vegetables to medicine to baskets and even furniture. They went from house to house and walked enormous distances, especially in the countryside. Life was extremely hard for these people.

Photographer: Unknown
Publisher: Unknown
Medium: Albumen Print
Image Number 70122-0003

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Duits, K. (2008, January 2). 1890s • Vegetable Vendor, Old Photos of Japan. Retrieved on 2020, Aug 11 from https://www.oldphotosjapan.com/photos/49/vegetable-vendor

Posted by • 2008-01-02
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