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JAPAN IN EARLY PHOTOGRAPHS: THE AIME HUMBERT COLLECTION AT THE MUSEUM OF ETHNOGRAPHY, NEUCHATEL. Philippe Dallais and Akiyoshi Tani. Musee d'Ethnographie, Neuchatel, 2017. Published by Arnoldsche Verlagsanstalt, Stuttgart. Distributed in the U.S.A. by Antique Collectors' Club, Easthampton. 308 pp. with 280 col. ills. ISBN 9783897900271 Bilingual in English and French.
Due date: May 2018. Publisher's description: The very first photographs of Japan were unfamiliar, exotic and fascinating to the Western world, where in the 1870s and 1880s a wave of enthusiasm for the Far Eastern land was unleashed, which then found expression in art, culture and society. To this day our image of this island state has been formed through these photos; its appeal remains unbroken. One of the first Europeans in the middle of the nineteenth century to travel the externally isolated country was the renowned photographer and war correspondent Felice Beato. The photographs he created in Japan from the 1860s are now published for the first time in this publication and are complemented by works of other photographers from that time. And thus a unique picture of the native Japanese culture is portrayed, showing the Japanese feudal state in one-off portraits, landscapes and architectural photographs prior to the transition from the Edo to the Meji period (1868). The impressive collection of these earliest pictures from Japan trace back to the Swiss diplomat Aime Humbert (1819-1900), who travelled Japan in 1863/64 and negotiated the first amity and commerce treaty between the two states.
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Worldwide Number: 162632
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