Kusakabe Kimbei was one of the early pioneers of Japanese photography.  He is widely believed to have worked for both Felice Beato and Raimund von Stillfried, from which he may have learned some of the aspects of operating a photo studio.  His photographs, however, are unique in composition and content.  He is especially well known for his photographs of betto and geishas, as you can see above.  For more photos of 19th century Japan, see my page on Felice Beato

The collector is the true resident of the interior.  The collector dreams his way not only into a distant or bygone world but also into a better one. 

                                                                                              - Walter Benjamin

Kusakabe Kimbei

The Fostinum

Nadar - Georges Sand, albumen printNadar - Alexandre Dumas, albumen printNadar - Victor Hugo, in memoriam, albumen printNadar - Self-portrait (Publicity photo to raise funds for Le GĂ©ant), albumen printNadar - Hot air balloons, albumen printNadar - Sarah Bernhardt in Tosca, 1882, albumen printNadar - Sarah Bernhardt as Jeanne d'Arc (Joan of Arc), 1889, albumen printNadar - Sarah Bernhardt, 1890, albumen printNadar - Sarah Bernhardt as Gismonda, albumen printNadar - Edmond de Goncourt