Stunning vintage photographs depict daily life in 19th century Japan

 

Iwona Karbowska
Friday 29 May 2015 13:07
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Courtesans, geisha, samurai warriors, women playing instruments and traditional games are among the subjects portrayed in the most unique photography series of Edo-era Japan displayed at the London Photograph Fair.

The images, dated back to 1865, were taken by Felice Beato and are hand-tinted albumen prints (black and white photos hand painted to appear 'colour').

Beato, who was living in Yokohama at the time, documented Japanese everyday life over the years. He is often considered as one of the world's first photojournalists, who gained his fame as a war photographer.

A woman washing herself by Felice Beato, 1865 © : Galerie Verdeau, Paris/The London Photograph Fair
An elegant geisha in a garden by Felice Beato, 1865 © : Galerie Verdeau, Paris/The London Photograph Fair
A young woman in a garden by Felice Beato, 1865 © : Galerie Verdeau, Paris/The London Photograph Fair
Family in traditional interior by Felice Beato, 1865 © : Galerie Verdeau, Paris/The London Photograph Fair
House of the courtesans by Felice Beato, 1865 © : Galerie Verdeau, Paris/The London Photograph Fair
Musician group by Felice Beato, 1865 © : Galerie Verdeau, Paris/The London Photograph Fair
Portrait of a woman with a fan by Felice Beato, 1865 © : Galerie Verdeau, Paris/The London Photograph Fair
Women playing traditional game by Felice Beato, 1865 © : Galerie Verdeau, Paris/The London Photograph Fair
A vendor selling baskets by Felice Beato, 1865 © : Galerie Verdeau, Paris/The London Photograph Fair
Portrait of two women with fans by Felice Beato, 1865 © : Galerie Verdeau, Paris/The London Photograph Fair
A woman and her child by Felice Beato, 1865 © : Galerie Verdeau, Paris/The London Photograph Fair
A group portrait by Felice Beato, 1865 © : Galerie Verdeau, Paris/The London Photograph Fair
Portrait on the river boat by Felice Beato, 1865 © : Galerie Verdeau, Paris/The London Photograph Fair
Samurai warriors by Felice Beato, 1865 © : Galerie Verdeau, Paris/The London Photograph Fair
Samurai warriors by Felice Beato, 1865 © : Galerie Verdeau, Paris/The London Photograph Fair
Sumo wrestlers by Felice Beato, 1865 © : Galerie Verdeau, Paris/The London Photograph Fair
Two women playing instruments by Felice Beato, 1865 © : Galerie Verdeau, Paris/The London Photograph Fair
A woman with flowers by Felice Beato, 1865 © : Galerie Verdeau, Paris/The London Photograph Fair
A woman with tea by Felice Beato, 1865 © : Galerie Verdeau, Paris/The London Photograph Fair
Young women walking with umbrella by Felice Beato, 1865 © : Galerie Verdeau, Paris/The London Photograph Fair

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