Four Japanese women dressed in kimonos walking on porch at Okano Garden, Tokyo
Attributed to Ogawa, Kazumasa (1860-1929), Japan, photographer
19 x 24 cm.
Stillman, E. G. (1884-1949), United States, collector
Subject: Tokyo, Japan
women; Japanese; clothing and dress; kimonos; Japanese gardens
Hand-colored albumen print mounted on album page.
Provenance: Gift of E.G. Stillman to Widener Library, 1948. Historical: Ernest Goodrich Stillman, the son of American financier and banker James Stillman, earned his BA from Harvard in 1908 and his MD from Columbia in 1913. He worked at the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research from 1915-1949. A generous benefactor of Harvard University, he had many interests, including photography and collecting Japanese art and literature. Innovative photographer, printer, and publisher Ogawa Kazumasa, also known as K. Ogawa, pioneered the photomechanical printing process in Japan and transformed the market from souvenir albums to publications illustrated with hand-colored collotypes. His publications introduced Japanese art and culture to a broader international audience. From 1882-1884, he studied photographic and printing processes in Boston and Philadelphia. When he returned to Japan he opened a photography studio in Tokyo. In 1889, he established Japan's first collotype business, launched the art magazine Kokka, and became a founding member of the Photographic Society of Japan. He published more than 300 books and became the Meiji era's leading exponent of photography as art. Citation/References: Nagasaki University Library. Metadata database of Japanese old photographs in Bakumatsu-Meiji Periods. ID 416. Attributed to Ogawa Kazumasa.
Part of: E.G. Stillman Japanese Collection Part of: Early Photography of Japan