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World's largest private collection of 19th century Japanese photographs?

Just in case there are any BPH members out there keen on early Japanese photography, there is a current exhibition which is about to end soon.

Entitled "Samurai in New York: The First Delegation, 1860", it features 19th century Japanese photography amassed by a Wall Street executive which is known to be one of the world's largest in private hands. Tom Burnett's collection includes over 4,000 images of geishas, samurais etc in albums, stereoviews, cdvs and single photographs from 1859 onwards. It has taken him more than a decade to collect, and has been insured for more than $1 million. According to a photography dealer, some of his albums are the very beginnings of Japanese photography!

Details of the New York exhibition can be found here, and Mr Burnett's collection here.
Mmm, Steiff dolls earlier this month @ Christies ... I wonder what else these Wall Street executives collect?

Photo: Carte-de-visite, Studio of C.D. Fredricks & Co., New York. Collection of Tom Burnett

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