Kusakabei Kimbei (1841-1934), Two Photographs
Two hand-tinted albumen prints mounted on board, titled ‘Wrestlers’ and ‘One Hundred Steps’
10 x 7.8 in — 25.4 x 19.8 cm
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Kusakabei Kimbei was one of the most accomplished Japanese photographers of his time, operating a studio in Yokohama from the early 1880s until 1913. During this period, Japan had perfected the art of hand-colouring photographs, a process that did not gain the acceptance of photographers and critics in the West.
Waddington’s Photographic Literature and Photography Auction, May 4, 2001, Lot 103