Item a033361 - The Kimbei studio on Honchō-dōri, Yokohama

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The Kimbei studio on Honchō-dōri, Yokohama

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Photograph taken by Kusakabe Kimbei (日下部金兵衛), 1841-1934

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  • [ca. 1895] (Creation)
    Kusakabe Kimbei (日下部金兵衛)

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1 photograph : full colour tint lantern slide ; 8 x 8 cm

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(1841 - 1934)

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Born in Kōfu, Yamanashi prefecture, Japan in 1841, Kusakabe Kimbei was one of the most successful photographers in nineteenth century Japan. In the 1860s, he assisted Felix Beato, the Italian-British photographer, who was one of the first photographers to work in Asia, and also worked with the Austrian Baron Raimund von Stillfried based in Yokohoma. By 1880, Kusakabe had opened his own studio in Yokohama. After Stillfried left Japan, Kusakabe acquired some of Beato’s and Stillfried’s negatives and made prints and told them along with his own photographs.

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Item is a photograph of a street scene with Kusakabe Kimbei’s studio on No. 7 Honchō-dōri in Yohohama, Japan, which he opened in 1880. The original title provided by Davidson was “Street scene with photo studio sign”.

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Glass is cracked.

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March 24, 2015-Description written by Steve Weisman
May 29, 2018 - Description updated by Katie Ferrante based on comments by Fuyubi Nakamura (MOA Curator)

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  • Box: James Davidson collection