Meiji Period Japanese Photographs
Souvenirs of Japan
When travel to Japan became fashionable in the late 19th century, hand-colored albumen prints made a popular souvenir for visitors. Primarily in the port city of Yokohama, studios sold Yokohama-shashin (Yokohama Photographs) as stock images and assembled them in large, beautifully lacquered albums. The most popular image types were Japanese landscapes, people (especially women), and scenes of everyday life. The BMA’s photographs are attributed to the studio of Kusakabe Kimbei (1841-1934), one of the best known Yokohama photographers, and are still mounted in their original album.