Felice Beato: Photographer in Nineteenth-Century Japan
Catalogue from the Felice Beato: Photographer in Nineteenth-Century Japan exhibition at the Museum of Art, University of New Hampshire. Intro by Eleanor M. Hight with essays from collectors Tom Burnett and Terry Bennett.
A British subject of Italian ancestry, Felice Beato (1832-1909) was one of the most successful early photographers in Japan, which was newly opened to Westerners in the 1850s. Arriving in Yokohama in 1863, Beato quickly established the model for commercial photography in terms of subjects, style, and marketing to a Western audience. The first in the United States devoted exclusively to Beato’s photographs of feudal Japan, this special exhibition features nearly 100 albumen photographs, many of which were hand painted by Japanese artists. Beato’s subjects include geisha, samurai, landscape views, and historic sites.
The exhibition featured photographs from the private collection of Tom Burnett, New York City. Guest curator was Eleanor M. Hight, Professor of Art History at the University of New Hampshire. She is the author of Capturing Japan in Nineteenth-Century New England Photography Collections (Ashgate, 2011), Picturing Modernism: Moholy-Nagy and Photography in Weimar Germany (MIT Press, 1995), and the co-editor of Colonialist Photography: Imag(in)ing Race and Place (Routledge, 2004).