• Design Free Thursday // Hand Coloured Photos of Japan from 1886.


    Posted on 31st January, by Dana Tomić Hughes in photography, random fun. 4 Comments

    Hand Coloured Photos of Japan from 1886 by Adolfo Farsari, via Yellowtrace. Hand Coloured Photos of Japan from 1886 by Adolfo Farsari, via Yellowtrace. Hand Coloured Photos of Japan from 1886 by Adolfo Farsari, via Yellowtrace. Hand Coloured Photos of Japan from 1886 by Adolfo Farsari, via Yellowtrace. Hand Coloured Photos of Japan from 1886 by Adolfo Farsari, via Yellowtrace. Hand Coloured Photos of Japan from 1886 by Adolfo Farsari, via Yellowtrace. Hand Coloured Photos of Japan from 1886 by Adolfo Farsari, via Yellowtrace. Hand Coloured Photos of Japan from 1886 by Adolfo Farsari, via Yellowtrace.

     

    There is something truly beautiful and mysterious about old photographs. For me, they are an endless source of inspiration and intrigue. In fact, some of you might recall this epic post where I celebrate my love of vintage photography.

    Needless to say, I’ve fallen in love with these dream-like images of Japan from 1886, documented by Italian photographer Adolfo Farsari (1841-1898). Fasari’s work was highly regarded during his time, particularly for his hand-coloured portraits and landscapes like the ones I’m sharing with you today. His images have shaped foreign perceptions of the people and places of Japan, and to some degree they also influenced how Japanese saw themselves and their country.

     

    Hand Coloured Photos of Japan from 1886 by Adolfo Farsari, via Yellowtrace. Hand Coloured Photos of Japan from 1886 by Adolfo Farsari, via Yellowtrace. Hand Coloured Photos of Japan from 1886 by Adolfo Farsari, via Yellowtrace. Hand Coloured Photos of Japan from 1886 by Adolfo Farsari, via Yellowtrace. Hand Coloured Photos of Japan from 1886 by Adolfo Farsari, via Yellowtrace.

     

    All I can say is – thank goodness for Design Free Thursday, otherwise I’d never be able to share these random discoveries with you. That would be a damn shame if you ask me. Wouldn’t you agree?


    [Images via Retronaut.]





  • 4 Responses to “Design Free Thursday // Hand Coloured Photos of Japan from 1886.”

    1. Sarah says:

      I love, love, love these too! They convey a sense of innocence yet I am sure there is much more to the story.

      Thanks for sharing. Design Free Thursday is my favourite day of the week.

    2. Sheree says:

      Beautiful! Ialso have a collection of Japanese hand coloured prints….I’m not sure who the photographer is??

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