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Japan in early photographs : the Aimé Humbert Collection at the Museum of Ethnography, Neuchâtel

Author: Grégoire Mayor; Akiyoshi Tani; Marc-Olivier Gonseth; Musée d'ethnographie (Neuchâtel, Switzerland),
Publisher: Neuchatel : MEN, Musee d'ethnographie de Neuchatel ; Stuttgart : Arnoldsche Art Publishers, [2018]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Photographs taken in Japan between the late Edo and early Meiji periods that found their way overseas played a major role in forming Westerners' image of Japan. Among these collections, the pictures gathered by the Swiss diplomat Aimé Humbert (1819-1900) in the 1860s were crucial in building lasting representations of the island nation: many of these, mainly collected in 1863/64 during a sojourn in Yokohama and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Exhibition catalogs
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Named Person: Aimé Humbert; Aimé Humbert; Aimé Humbert
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Grégoire Mayor; Akiyoshi Tani; Marc-Olivier Gonseth; Musée d'ethnographie (Neuchâtel, Switzerland),
ISBN: 9783897900271 3897900270
OCLC Number: 1008364200
Notes: On the occasion of an exhibition held Museum of Ethnography, Neuchatel, June 19, 2014 - April 19, 2015.
Description: 291 pages (some folded) : chiefly photographs ; 30 cm
Contents: Foreword / Marc-Olivier Gonseth --
Lost in representation?: photographs in the Humbert Collection, a new awareness of Japan / Grégoire Mayor and Akiyoshi Tani --
Note to the reader --
"The most sophisticated process in Western art": the role of photography in Aimé Humbert's mission / Grégoire Mayor --
An investigation into the Aimé Humbert collection using photo-historical research / Akiyoshi Tani --
Spring and summer 1863 --
"He took with him an excellent photographer, Beato, from whom I would have the entire collection" --
Discovering a closed world --
The raise of the touristic gaze: the excursion to Kamakura --
The views of Yokohama --
Hidden meanings in the Humbert Collection of Edo photography / Akiyoshi Tani --
Seven reproductions in the collection --
The long quest for documentation --
Pictures by Felice Beato --
Wirgman's reproductions by Beato --
Pictures by Shimooka Renjō --
Images with uncertain paternity --
An enigma: the Amélie Colomb annotated pictures --
Some uses of photography as a source for the engravings in "Le Tour du monde" and "Le Japan illustré" --
Appendix A: The contents of a letter by Aimé Humbert compared with the album of Dirk de Graeff van Polsbroek --
Comparison charts with other albums --
Appendix B: Author's biographies --
Appendix C: Missing photographs according to Humbert's list of parcels from October 1863 --
Appendix D: Bibliography
Responsibility: Greogoire Mayor / Akiyoshi Tani (eds.) ; foreword by Marc-Olivier Gonseth.

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The Aime Humbert Collection of early photographs from Japan, used as source to illustrate his travel reports, played a major role in building lasting representations of Japan.  Read more...

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