Kusakabe Kimbei (日下部金兵衛)

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Kusakabe Kimbei (日下部金兵衛)

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1841 - 1934


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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Description created by Fuyubi Nakamura (MOA curator) and added to Atom by Katie Ferrante in May 2018




Terry Bennet, “KUSAKABE KIMBEI (1841-1932): Japanese photographer and studio owner, in John Hannavy (ed.) Encyclopedia of Nineteenth-Century Photography, 2013. New York & London: Routledge

Eleanor M. Hight, Capturing Japan in Nineteenth-century New England Photography Collections, 2011, Farnham, Surrey and Burlington, VT: Ashgate.

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