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Beato & 19th Century Japanese Photography

For all you Beato fans out there, there is a forthcoming exhibition opening end of the month that might be of interest (Stateside, unfortunately!).

A British subject of Italian ancestry, Felice Beato (1832-1909) was one of the most successful early photographers in Japan, which was newly opened to Westerners in the 1850s. Arriving in Yokohama in 1863, Beato quickly established the model for commercial photography in terms of subjects, style, and marketing to a Western audience. The first in the United States devoted exclusively to Beato’s photographs of feudal Japan, this special exhibition features nearly 100 albumen photographs, many of which were hand painted by Japanese artists. Beato’s subjects include geisha, samurai, landscape views, and historic sites.

The exhibition features photographs from the private collection of Tom Burnett, New York City, details of which can be found here. If you are heading there and want to learn more about the Burnett collection which consists of several thousand images, contained in albums, stereoviews, cdv's, and single photographs, from 1859 until 1900, then do try and attend the accompany Collectors Series talk: In Conversation with Tom Burnett found here.

A 64-page catalogue will also be available for purchase in the Museum of Art shop.



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