Old Asia Photography

Japan - Kusakabe Kimbei Studio Album

Kusakabe Kimbei

A superior album of 100 handcoloured vintage albumen photographs of Japanese scenery, mounted recto/verso with protective tissue guards, each approx. 210 x 260mm, ca.1887-90, printed captions below each image, all contained in original album of decorated black-lacquered boards in good condition with slight wear, new leather spine with raised bands, faded blue oval studio wet stamp on inside front cover: 'K. Kimbei, Photographer, 36 Benten-Dori, Yokohama'; album size approx. 310 x 410 x 80mm; images of Tokyo, Yokohama vicinity, Nikko, Omama , Ikao , Haruna , Nakasendo, Nagoya, Kyoto, Osaka, Kobe , Arima, Tomotsu , Bingo, Nagasaki, Hakodate/Ainu. The address on the wet stamp enables us to tentatively date this album to between the years 1887 (when he was describing himself as a photographer operating from No. 36) and 1889 or 1890 when his business moved to Honcho-Dori. The colouring of most of these photographs is of exceptional quality and as good as anything we have seen before. The photography is stunning � Kusakabe at his best. The Nakasendo views are exquisite. The scans here do not do justice to the photos. A museum quality album.​

Medium: Other
Mount: N/A
Dimensions: see above
Year: c.1887-90
Ref: 00532
Price: US$30000

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