Art and Artifice: Japanese Photographs of the Meiji Era (HC)

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Sebastian Dobson, Anne Nishimura Morse, and Frederic A. Sharf

The influx of Westerners to Japan at the turn of the century brought the rise of the Japanese photo industry. Originally created as souvenirs for foreign travelers, these photographs soon came to act as a prepackaged guide, helping set the tourist’s itinerary. But they also reveal an astounding virtuosity, in both composition and the technique of color retouching, which brought these views of daily life, bustling cityscapes, and theatrical performances to a new level of vividness. Art and Artifice provides an elegant introduction to Meiji-era photography and the world in which it flourished. It explores the social function of the images and the stories of those who created and collected them, spotlighting a pivotal moment in Japanese cultural history and the history of photography.

Hardcover with slipcase.
96 pages.
Over 70 color illustrations.
10" x 8".