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Early Photography of Japan

An online collection of more than 40 souvenir photograph albums and illustrated publications from across three Harvard libraries.
Wisteria tea house, Kameido, Tokyo. 1880s. View Details.
Fine Arts Library

Early Photography of Japan is an online collection of more than 40 souvenir photograph albums and illustrated publications with over 2,000 images from Widener Library, the Fine Arts Library, and Harvard-Yenching Library.

These images primarily document the early history of commercial photography in Japan and are representative of what is often called Japanese tourist photography or Yokohama shashin.

They reflect the Western image of traditional Japanese culture before the dramatic transformation brought about by modernization during the Meiji period (1868–1912).