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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 art form worthy 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. With contributions by Himeno Junichi (on the early development of photography in Japan), Sebastian Dobson (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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Japanese photography in both historical and cultural context Apr 9, 2005
Collaboratively compiled and expertly co-edited by the team of Nicole Coolidge Rousmaniere and Mikiko Hirayama, Reflecting Truth: Japanese Photography In The Nineteenth Century reveals how scholarly investigation and research of Japanese photography is currently moving beyond a focus on the introduction of new discoveries and descriptions of Japanese photography collections, to an investigation and understanding of Japanese photography in both historical and cultural contexts. From the introduction of commercial studios in the 1880s, to the tradition of war portraiture, to photography in the modern period, Reflecting Truth is a seminal, unique, and ground-breaking work that will be of immense interest to students of Japanese culture and the history of photography.