Hand coloured photographs of 19th century Japan

A selection from a series of 42 hand coloured albumine prints – a process which used the albumen found in egg whites to bind the photographic chemicals to the paper – taken around 1880. The presence of the pictures in the Dutch National Archieff reflects a long relationship between Japan and the Netherlands, the result of an exclusive commercial relationship that would last for more than two centuries (1641-1855).

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The following pictures from the collections of the Library of Congress are by the Italian–British photographer Felice Beato (probably also the creator of the images above), one of the first people to take photographs in East Asia and one of the first war photographers.

Library of Congress
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  • MarkmBha

    WOW!

  • poorpigg

    So incredible. These photos seem so very current as though they were taken earlier this week. Thank-you for this post.