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Camera Nipponica: Photographs from Japan, 1880–1930

Henry Art Gallery
Unknown Photographer, Untitled Portrait (circa 1890-1905)
Saturday, September 7, 2013 to Sunday, January 5, 2014
Henry Art Gallery; North Galleries
15th Ave NE & 41st St Seattle, WA 98195 - Google Map

Camera Nipponica: Photographs from Japan, 1880–1930 includes examples of souvenir albumen prints and delicate glass lantern slides from the Meiji (1868–1912) and Taishō (1912–1926) eras. The exhibition also highlights a larger selection of vernacular portrait photography taken mostly by unknown Japanese photographers during the same time period. Providing an intriguing contrast to the photographs created specifically for foreign trade, these black and white images were made by and for the domestic Japanese market. Formal studio portraits and large group photographs in diverse settings give us an intimate and compelling look at Japan’s photographic—and cultural—history.

Camera Nipponica: Photographs from Japan, 1880–1930 is organized by guest curator Catherine Roche with the assistance of Judy Sourakli, Curator of Collections.

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