Information and discussion on all aspects of British photographic history
Time: March 6, 2012 to May 6, 2012
Location: Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography
Street: 〒153-0062 Yebisu Garden Place, 1-13-3 Mita Meguro-ku
Website or Map: http://syabi.com/
Event Type: exhibition
Organized By: Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography
Latest Activity: Jan 23, 2012
This exhibition was exhibited at the Getty Museum last year.
In a peripatetic career that spanned five decades, the photographer Felice Beato (1832–1909) covered a wide swath of East Asia. Following in the wake of Britain's vast colonial empire, he was among the primary photographers to provide images of newly opened countries such as India, China, Japan, Korea, and Burma.
A pioneer war photographer, Beato recorded several conflicts: the Crimean War in 1855–56, the aftermath of the Indian Mutiny in 1858–59, the Second Opium War in 1860, and the American expedition to Korea in 1871. His photographs of battlefields, the first to show images of the dead, provided a new direction for that genre.
Catering to a Western audience, Beato produced an exceptionally diverse oeuvre: topographical and architectural views, including panoramas, as well as portraits and costume studies of the countries he visited or in which he resided.
From Beato's series on domestic Japanese society, the full-length portrait shown here depicts the traditional armored costume of the samurai, the soldier of noble class who served the powerful rulers of Japan.
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