Photography

Kusakabe, Kimbei (1841 - 1934)

Kimbei Kusakabe arrived in Yokohama in 1856 and became Felice Beato’s pupil, hand-coloring his photographs until 1863. In 1881, he opens his own studio and promptly becomes one of the most prosperous and influential photographers of his generation, rivaling the Western artists that had until then dominated the market. With his colored portraits, everyday scenes and landscapes, he is the purveyor of souvenir images for Westerners visiting Japan. Kimbei Kusakabe depicted men in serene social and economic contexts while women - his favorite subjects - were represented in romantic portraits as well as domestic and cultural scenes. The young mysterious and submissive geisha was particularly appealing to Western audiences and the Japanese photographer helped establish their visual identity as icons of feminine beauty and social etiquette. Kimbei Kusakabe’s rare images are a rich resource for the comprehension of a Japan that has now disappeared.
 

Tags / Kimbei Kusakabe - Japanese Photographer - 1880s - Pioneers - Serenity - Romantic - Women - Portrait
Kusakabe Kimbei, Man, Drummer, with Three Child Acrobats in Costume, 1901
Kusakabe Kimbei, Man, Drummer, with Three Child Acrobats in Costume, 1901
Kusakabe Kimbei, Freight Cart, 1900s
Kusakabe Kimbei, Freight Cart, 1900s
Kusakabe Kimbei, Sleeping girls, 1860-1900
Kusakabe Kimbei, Sleeping girls, 1860-1900
Kusakabe Kimbei, Farmer, 1890s
Kusakabe Kimbei, Farmer, 1890s
Kusakabe Kimbei, Vegetables, 1860-1900
Kusakabe Kimbei, Vegetables, 1860-1900
Kusakabe Kimbei, Man with the rain coat, 1860-1900
Kusakabe Kimbei, Man with the rain coat, 1860-1900
Kusakabe Kimbei, Samourais in armour, 1860-1900
Kusakabe Kimbei, Samourais in armour, 1860-1900
Kusakabe Kimbei, Samourai in armour, 1860-1900
Kusakabe Kimbei, Samourai in armour, 1860-1900
Kusakabe Kimbei, Actor, 1860-1900
Kusakabe Kimbei, Actor, 1860-1900
Kusakabe Kimbei, Man in winter dress, 1860-1900
Kusakabe Kimbei, Man in winter dress, 1860-1900
Kusakabe Kimbei, Buddhists priests, 1860-1900
Kusakabe Kimbei, Buddhists priests, 1860-1900
Kusakabe Kimbei, Kago, 1860-1900
Kusakabe Kimbei, Kago, 1860-1900
Kusakabe Kimbei, Zojo-ji, Shiba, Tokyo, 1860-1900
Kusakabe Kimbei, Zojo-ji, Shiba, Tokyo, 1860-1900
Kusakabe Kimbei, Zojo-ji, Shiba, Tokyo, 1860-1900
Kusakabe Kimbei, Zojo-ji, Shiba, Tokyo, 1860-1900
Kusakabe Kimbei, Steaming Tealeaves, 1860-1900
Kusakabe Kimbei, Steaming Tealeaves, 1860-1900
Kusakabe Kimbei, Playing Koto and Shamisen, 1860-1900
Kusakabe Kimbei, Playing Koto and Shamisen, 1860-1900
Kusakabe Kimbei, Playing samisen, tsudzumi, fuye and taiko, 1860-1900
Kusakabe Kimbei, Playing samisen, tsudzumi, fuye and taiko, 1860-1900
Kusakabe Kimbei, Pilgrimage, 1860-1900
Kusakabe Kimbei, Pilgrimage, 1860-1900
Kusakabe Kimbei, Pilgrim going up Fujiyama, 1860-1900
Kusakabe Kimbei, Pilgrim going up Fujiyama, 1860-1900
Kusakabe Kimbei,  Tea house girl’s, 1860-1900
Kusakabe Kimbei, Tea house girl’s, 1860-1900
Kusakabe Kimbei,  Snow costume, 1860-1900
Kusakabe Kimbei, Snow costume, 1860-1900
Kusakabe Kimbei, Fujiyama from Mitake Tokaido, 1860-1900
Kusakabe Kimbei, Fujiyama from Mitake Tokaido, 1860-1900
Kusakabe Kimbei,  Performers, 1860-1900
Kusakabe Kimbei, Performers, 1860-1900
Kusakabe Kimbei, Great gate, Nikko, 1860-1900
Kusakabe Kimbei, Great gate, Nikko, 1860-1900
Kusakabe Kimbei,  Wisteria at Kameido, Tokyo, 1860-1900
Kusakabe Kimbei, Wisteria at Kameido, Tokyo, 1860-1900
Kusakabe Kimbei, Daibutsu temple Nara, 1860-1900
Kusakabe Kimbei, Daibutsu temple Nara, 1860-1900
Kusakabe Kimbei,  Sanju sangendo images at Kyoto, 1860-1900
Kusakabe Kimbei, Sanju sangendo images at Kyoto, 1860-1900
Kusakabe Kimbei,  Flower seller, 1860-1900
Kusakabe Kimbei, Flower seller, 1860-1900
Kusakabe Kimbei,  Candy seller, 1860-1900
Kusakabe Kimbei, Candy seller, 1860-1900
Kusakabe Kimbei,  Westers and Japanese women with children, 1860-1900
Kusakabe Kimbei, Westers and Japanese women with children, 1860-1900
Kusakabe Kimbei,  Basket seller, 1860-1900
Kusakabe Kimbei, Basket seller, 1860-1900
Kusakabe Kimbei,  Fujiyama from Odaki Kamiide village, 1860-1900
Kusakabe Kimbei, Fujiyama from Odaki Kamiide village, 1860-1900
Kusakabe Kimbei,  Sleeping girl, 1860-1900
Kusakabe Kimbei, Sleeping girl, 1860-1900
Kusakabe Kimbei,  Daibutsu or bronze image at Kamakura, 1860-1900
Kusakabe Kimbei, Daibutsu or bronze image at Kamakura, 1860-1900
Kusakabe Kimbei,  Letter-carrier, 1860-1900
Kusakabe Kimbei, Letter-carrier, 1860-1900
Kusakabe Kimbei,  Girls showing in the back style, 1860-1900
Kusakabe Kimbei, Girls showing in the back style, 1860-1900
Kusakabe Kimbei, Iris blossoms at Horikiri, Tokyo, 1870s
Kusakabe Kimbei, Iris blossoms at Horikiri, Tokyo, 1870s
Kusakabe Kimbei,  Woman with a gold obi, 1860-1900
Kusakabe Kimbei, Woman with a gold obi, 1860-1900
Kusakabe Kimbei,  Home’s bath, 1860-1900
Kusakabe Kimbei, Home’s bath, 1860-1900
Kusakabe Kimbei,  A lady with a parasol, Jinrikisha, ca. 1880
Kusakabe Kimbei, A lady with a parasol, Jinrikisha, ca. 1880
Kusakabe Kimbei, Business Away From Home, 1860-1900
Kusakabe Kimbei, Business Away From Home, 1860-1900
Kusakabe Kimbei, Group of Children, 1860-1900
Kusakabe Kimbei, Group of Children, 1860-1900
Kusakabe Kimbei, Home Bath, 1860-1900
Kusakabe Kimbei, Home Bath, 1860-1900
Kusakabe Kimbei, Iris Garden at Horikiri, Tokyo, 1860-1900
Kusakabe Kimbei, Iris Garden at Horikiri, Tokyo, 1860-1900
Kusakabe Kimbei, Kago, Travelling Chair, Hakone Road, 1860-1900
Kusakabe Kimbei, Kago, Travelling Chair, Hakone Road, 1860-1900
Kusakabe Kimbei, Shoe Repairer, 1860-1900
Kusakabe Kimbei, Shoe Repairer, 1860-1900
Kusakabe Kimbei, Selecting Tea, 1860-1900
Kusakabe Kimbei, Selecting Tea, 1860-1900
Kusakabe Kimbei, Wisteria at Kaweido, Tokyo, 1860-1900
Kusakabe Kimbei, Wisteria at Kaweido, Tokyo, 1860-1900
Kusakabe Kimbei, Wringing the Tea leaves on the Furnace, 1860-1900
Kusakabe Kimbei, Wringing the Tea leaves on the Furnace, 1860-1900
Kusakabe Kimbei, Ploughing Rice Ground, 1860-1900
Kusakabe Kimbei, Ploughing Rice Ground, 1860-1900
Kusakabe Kimbei, Toilet, 1880s
Kusakabe Kimbei, Toilet, 1880s
Kusakabe Kimbei, Actors depicting warriors and Samurai, 1860-1900
Kusakabe Kimbei, Actors depicting warriors and Samurai, 1860-1900
Kusakabe Kimbei, Greeting, 1860-1900
Kusakabe Kimbei, Greeting, 1860-1900
Kusakabe Kimbei, Shinto procession, 1860-1900
Kusakabe Kimbei, Shinto procession, 1860-1900
Kusakabe Kimbei, Harakiri ceremony, 1860-1900
Kusakabe Kimbei, Harakiri ceremony, 1860-1900
Kusakabe Kimbei, Looking mirror, 1860-1900
Kusakabe Kimbei, Looking mirror, 1860-1900
Kusakabe Kimbei, Geisha playing shamizen, 1860-1900
Kusakabe Kimbei, Geisha playing shamizen, 1860-1900
Kusakabe Kimbei, Girls playing at Hane, 1860-1900
Kusakabe Kimbei, Girls playing at Hane, 1860-1900
Kusakabe Kimbei, Fishing, 1860-1900
Kusakabe Kimbei, Fishing, 1860-1900
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