First Color Photos of Japan to be Seen in the West on Exhibition

150 years ago, a traveler and photographer Felice Beate took photos and colored the prints.

On May 23rd, a photography exhibition by Felice Beato, one of the earliest British photojournalists, opens in London Photograph Fair. Visitors will have a chance to see a rare collection of color images made in Japan in 1865. The photos depict cultural scenes, portraits, and landscapes. The importance of the Beato’s work lies in fact that he not only made the first images of East seen by the West, but also created his own method of image processing; Beato hand-colored his printed images.


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