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"Photography can only represent the present. Once photographed,
the subject becomes part of the past."


~ Berenice Abbott

From the Same Artist / Collection
Officer's Daughter
by [unattributed]


Attributed to a number of recognized photographers, such as Baron Raimund von Stillfried, Adolfo Farsari, and Kusakabe Kimbei. This portrait enjoyed great popularity during the last part of the 19th century. It not only appeared in albums for tourists but was actually published in travel guides for Japan. This image embodies the esthetic perception of what was Japanese beauty was to the West at the time.

About the Artist

Our inaugural exhibition aims to capture the elegance of ‘Old Japan’, seen through the lens of photographers living and working during the late Edo period (1872-1912). Born out of a Western fascination with the insular Japanese culture, new trade routes facilitated the meeting of Western and Eastern artisans, as well as tourists hungering for visual depictions of a world they’d never seen before. With Western photographers staging idealized scenes of Japanese life, as well as Japanese craftsmen hand painting these images in the tradition of wood block prints, the resulting images capture an imagined golden era of Japanese society that has come to be cherished by Western art-enthusiasts and Japanese ethnographers alike.


These images were key not only in shaping foreigners perception of Japanese culture, but also to some extent how the Japanese saw themselves. The name Technicolour Japan refers to the bold colors that were hand painted upon black and white prints, making each a unique piece of art. Also known as albumen silver prints, these are the first commercially used method of producing photographic prints from a negative by using the albumen found in egg whites to bind the chemicals to the paper forming a photograph. Out of the more than 9,000 original photographic images contained in Vue Privee’s private collection, la collection vue privée, there are a total of 180 meticulously preserved original Japanese albumen images.

Print Series


28 x 35.5cm, edition limited to 500


Giclée print on matt archival paper


40 x 50cm, edition limited to 100

60 x 75cm, edition limited to 100


Giclée print on matt archival paper



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* All prints come with a minimum of 10mm border to allow
   for framing or mounting.