David Odo: Unknown Japan: Reconsidering 19th-century Photographs
Rijksmuseum Studies in Photography, vol 4.
David Odo has researched a collection of 104 photographs that deviate from what was customary at the beginning of the 19th century. Japanese photography aimed at Western buyers did not go beyond stereotypes: sumo wrestlers, Fuji, geishas and similar subjects, mostly hand colored, were offered as souvenirs. This collection, composed by an unknown German collector between 1884 and 1885, contains many uncoloured photographs with rare subjects, made by unknown photographers, that offer us a look at a modernizing country.