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"Photography is a small voice, at best, but sometimes one photograph, or a group of them, can lure our sense of awareness." - W. Eugene Smith
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Girl Taking a Ride on a Kago (Traveling Chair)
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The geishas’ typical method of transportation was the kago, also known as the palanquin. The kago was a sedan chair made from bamboo, which was suspended between two poles and carried by two men. The smooth operation of the kago depended solely on the two bearers of the chair working in unison.

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

  •  35 x 28cm, edition limited to 500
    Giclée print on matte archival paper
  • l'aventurier
  •  50 x 40cm, edition limited to 100
    Giclée print on matte archival paper
  •  75 x 60cm, edition limited to 100
    Giclée print on matte archival paper


Find out more about the VP Series »

Price  S$500.00


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

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