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Exhibition: Koshashin - The Hall Collection of 19th century Photographs of Japan

The exhibition presents a rare opportunity to view one of the world’s largest collections of early Japanese photography. There are more than 230 works in this exhibition from the personal collection of Edmontonian Arlene Hall. Its debut was at the Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA), which organized the exhibition in 2009. The photographs in the exhibition reflect the transitional period from 1860 to 1899, when feudal Japan was opening to the outside world and yielding to modern influences.

KOSHASHIN (“period photographs”) reveals this remarkable period in history when both Western and Japanese photographers (including Felice Beato, Raimund von Stillfried, Uchida Kuichiand Kusakabe Kimbei to name just a few) developed a distinctive style of image. Dated from the early 1860s to the late 1890s, the 230 works in this exhibition are on loan from The Hall Collection. A remarkable private collection in Edmonton, The Hall Collection is one of the largest collections of these images in the world. This unique collection offers an unparalleled reflection of Japan as it was 150 years ago.

Curated by Catherine Crowston and organized & circulated by the Art Gallery of Alberta. Details can be found here.

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