Source: The New York Public Library Early Hand-Colored Photography Of Japan Gives Us A Window Into The Past 2015-11-11 Wed 2015-11-11 Wed Photography is an art form that allows us to enjoy a sense of timelessness as beauty. As buildings fall and and scenery changes, the moment captured in a still photograph exists in its own world, untouched and able to be appreciated for what is on display in just that instance. It makes sense then, that Japan, a country which features spectacular landscapes both old and new, is one of the most attractive of subject matter for artistic photography. Now, courtesy of The New York Public Library's Digital Collections, we can take a look back upon photography of a Japan that existed before the bright lights of metropolises and buzzing crowds came to be. Some of the buildings and areas featured in the pictures, much like the moment in the photographs, stand untouched and in tact. A good portion of the photography below comes from the work of Kusakabe Kimbei, assumed to have been a pupil to Italian-British photographer Felice Beato, who set up a photography studio in Yokohama in 1863. Kimbei helped hand-color photographs, and their digital restoration gives us an important resource to appreciate early photography in Asia. Here are some samples that give us a rewarding look into the past, with a few modern day comparisons. Be sure to check out the full gallery! Oji Tea House at Tokyo Source: New York Public Library Town Honcho-Dori, Yokohama Source: New York Public Library Theatre at Osaka Source: New York Public Library View of Sacred Bridge, at Nikko Source: New York Public Library Source: Spreng Ben Daibutsu, Bronze Image at Kamakura Source: New York Public Library Source: Axion Magazine Kiyomizu Temple at Kyoto Source: New York Public Library Source: JKT-c Kinkakuji Garden at Kyoto Source: New York Public Library Source: お湯日記 Gion-Machi Street, at Kyoto Source: New York Public Library Source: Visions of Travel View of Osaka, Castle Source: New York Public Library Source: Go Japan Go Ainos, Island of Yezo Source: New York Public Library Ieyasu Temple, at Nikko Source: New York Public Library Source: Berta Angi By - grape Japan editorial staff. Source:The New York Public Library / Japaaan Magazine / Spreng Ben / Axion Magazine / JKT-c / お湯日記 / Go Japan Go / Berta Angi Tags: History / Japan / Old Japan / Photography grape Japan Culture Early Hand-Colored Photography Of Japan Gives Us A Window Into The Past Related Article Studio Ghibli Reveals 5 Planned Areas For Official Theme Park In 2022 Three Kittens Born In A Chicken Coop Now Have 400 Mama Hens Looking Over Them Self-Taught Photographer Captures Japan’s Brilliant Summer Fireworks Scottish Fold Cat In Japan Treats The Bath Rub Like A Resort Hot Spring Nothing Says Spring Like A Cold Bottle Of Sakura-Flavored Beer Japan Releases KFC-Scented Bath Salts Because Why The Hell Not?