Reflecting Truth: Japanese Photography in the 19th Century

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This publication shows how scholarly investigation of Japanese photography in recent years has entered an important transitional stage - moving beyond its focus on the introduction of new discoveries and descriptions of collections, to a more sophisticated investigation of photography in historical and cultural contexts. At one time marginalised as either a practical technique or amateur art form, photography has now earned full recognition as an area of scholarly inquiry. It now invites reflection on issues of ...

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Overview

This publication shows how scholarly investigation of Japanese photography in recent years has entered an important transitional stage - moving beyond its focus on the introduction of new discoveries and descriptions of collections, to a more sophisticated investigation of photography in historical and cultural contexts. At one time marginalised as either a practical technique or amateur art form, photography has now earned full recognition as an area of scholarly inquiry. It now invites reflection on issues of visuality, technology, and national identity in Japanese art during its transition to modernity as well as in contemporary society.
Contributions by Himeno Junichi (on the early development of photography in Japan), Sebastian Dobson (focussing on the colourful figure of Felice Beato), Luke Gartlan (on Baron Raimond von Stillfried-Ratenicz), Allen Hockley (on photographic albums produced by commercial studios in the 1880s and 1890s), Kinoshita Naoyuki (exploring the tradition of war portraiture in Japan) and Mikiko Hirayama (describing the transition from the pioneering stages of photography in Japan into the modern era).

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  • ISBN-13: 9789074822763
  • Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/1/2004
  • Pages: 112
  • Product dimensions: 7.66 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.47 (d)

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Nicole Coolidge Rousmaniere is founding Director of the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures, Norwich. She received her BA (Archaeology, 1986), MA (Regional Studies, 1988) and Ph.D. (art history, 1998) from Harvard University. Her publications include: Vessels of Influence (Duckworth, forthcoming), editor and contributor to Hall of the Thirty-Three Bays: Photographs by Hiroshi Sugimoto (SCVA, 1997) and Kazari: Decoration and Display in Japan, 15th-19th Centuries (British Museum Press, 2002), and editor of Births and Rebirths (Hotei, 2001) and Reflecting the Truth: Japanese Photography in the 19th-century (Hotei, 2004) with Mikiko Hirayama. She wrote essays and entries in Japan's Golden Age, Momoyama (Dallas Museum of Art, 1996) and Edo: Art in Japan 1615-1868 (National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., 1998, and Jiki (Museo Internazionale Delle Ceramiche, 2004). Her research interests include, Japanese decoration, early modern ceramics in East Asia and trade networks, the history of exhibition and collecting in Japan and in Europe.
Mikiko Hirayama was the Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Fellow at the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures in 2002. She is currently Assistant Professor of Japanese Art History at the University of Cincinatti, Ohio. Hirayama received her Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh in 2001 having already published several articles, including ‘Ishii Hakutei and the Future of Japanese Painting’ in Art Journal (Autumn 1996), pp. 57-63. Hirayama’s research focuses on the study of modern Japanese art, Japanese photography, art criticism and theory.

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Table of Contents

Introduction and acknowledgements 8
Encounters with foreign photographers : the introduction and spread of photography in Kyushu 18
'I been to keep up my position' : Felice Beato in Japan, 1863-1877 30
Changing views : the early topographical photographs of Stillfried & Company 40
Packaged tours : photo albums and their implications for the study of early Japanese photography 66
Portraying the war dead : photography as a medium for memorial portraiture 86
'Elegance' and 'discipline' : the significance of Sino-Japanese aesthetic concepts in the critical terminology of Japanese photography, 1903-1923 100
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