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Seeking information: Vernon Heath and the Japanese embassy of 1862

Does anyone have information about British photographer Vernon Heath (1819–1895), and specifically about the photographs he made of members of the diplomatic mission from Japan who visited London in 1862? I have information (but no confirmation) that the date these photographs were made was June 11, 1862, and that Christie's sold a lot of Heath's Japan photographs in 1998. I do not know where those photographs ended up, or whether Heath made mention of photographing the Japanese in his 1892…


Posted on May 3, 2014 at 6:00 — 15 Comments

Shimooka Renjo exhibition catalog now available online

Further to my earlier post regarding the retrospective on Japanese photographer Shimooka Renjo (1823-1914), which is currently running at the …


Posted on March 13, 2014 at 7:00

Exhibition: Shimooka Renjō a retrospective

The first large-scale retrospective on Shimooka Renjo opens in Tokyo at the Metropolitan Museum of Photography on 4 March until 6 May 2014. Shimooka Renjo (1823-1914) was a pioneer of photography in Japan who worked mostly in Yokohama, yet until recent years few photographs have been positively attributed to him and little information on his…


Posted on February 16, 2014 at 13:00

Exhibition: Early Japanese photography show opens March 5, Tokyo

Dawn of Japanese Photography: Hokkaido and Tohoku will open at the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography on March 5. This is the third in a series of shows on early photography in Japan, this time with a focus on the northern districts of Hokkaido and Tohoku.

While this exhibit doesn't have a direct connection to British photography, many of the early…


Posted on February 24, 2013 at 12:00 — 1 Comment

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