History of Photography in China: Chinese Photographers 1842-1879
We are now taking orders for Terry Bennett's latest book. This is the most comprehensive history of early Chinese photographers ever produced and completes Bennett's three-volume history of photography in China. Copies can be ordered from http://www.old-japan.co.uk/book_hopic-3.html
Shimooka Renjo - New Photograph Series Discovered
An important series of at least 48 early stereoviews of Japan can now be attributed to Japan's most famous photographic pioneer - Shimooka Renjo. See the full article here: http://www.old-japan.co.uk/article_shimooka_renjo.html
Japan and The Graphic
Terry Bennett's latest book 'Japan and The Graphic: Complete Record of Reported Events 1870-1899,' is now available from publishers, Global Oriental at this site:http://www.brill.nl/japan-and-graphic This is a companion volume to the 2006 publication 'Japan and the Illustrated London News.'The ILN and the Graphic were the two most popular periodicals of the Victorian age. Influential, they reflected and shaped the views of their readers. Writing in 1942 about the accumulated issues of the ILN alone, historian Arthur Bryant suggested that they represented '...probably the most important and comprehensive single historical document ever compiled.' Consequently, the Japan reports from both periodicals are an important resource for researchers and scholars of nineteenth-century Japan.
John Gulick (1832-1923) - Pioneer photographer of Japan
Latest research shows that American missionary and scientist, John Gulick, made an important contribution to early Japanese photography, and may well have instructed Shimooka Renjo. Read Terry Bennett's article on Gulick here: http://www.old-japan.co.uk/article_gulick.html
Old Japan Catalogue 35
Old Japan has published its first catalogue in three years. It contains albums by, amongst others, Felix Beato, Usui Shusaburo and Walter Clutterbuck. There is also an amazing collection of 17 mammoth-plate 1867 photographs taken by Charles Weed.