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Beato, Felice (1832 - 1909)

When he meets James Robertson, in the early 1850s, Felice Beato discovers photography and accompanies his friend in Malta, Greece, Jerusalem and Turkey between 1851 and 1854. In 1855, just as Roger Fenton, they depict the war of Crimea and, from then, the British photographer specializes in the rendering of war and conflicts that occur within the British Empire. In 1863, he arrives in Yokohama, in Japan, in a country that is still closed to Westerners and lives under feudal rules. He rapidly begins to represent the country’s inhabitants and landscapes with the help of the draftsman, Charles Wirgman who teaches him aquarelle photography. Felice Beato thus left a contrasted production. On one side, he is seen as the pioneer of adventurous photojournalism, daring to capture dead corpses in powerful images, but on another he created a tender oeuvre that evoked traditional ukiyo-e engravings with their flamboyant samurais, elegant geishas or tranquil individuals at work. In any case, they are attentive documentaries of rare-to-be-seen scenes.

Felice Beato, Woman washing, 1860s
Felice Beato, Woman washing, 1860s
Felice Beato, Fountain in the Court of the Yeni Djami (Cami), British, 1857
Felice Beato, Fountain in the Court of the Yeni Djami (Cami), British, 1857
Felice Beato, Group of Samurai, 1868-69
Felice Beato, Group of Samurai, 1868-69
Felice Beato, Japanese warrior in armour, 1865-1867
Felice Beato, Japanese warrior in armour, 1865-1867
Felice Beato, Tattooed Man, 1865-1867
Felice Beato, Tattooed Man, 1865-1867
Felice Beato, Execution, 1865-1867
Felice Beato, Execution, 1865-1867
Felice Beato, The hanging of two participants in the Indian Rebellion, Sepoys of the 31st Native Infantry, 1857
Felice Beato, The hanging of two participants in the Indian Rebellion, Sepoys of the 31st Native Infantry, 1857
Felice Beato, After the Indian Mutiny, 1858
Felice Beato, After the Indian Mutiny, 1858
Felice Beato, The Taj Mahal, Agra, India. ca.1858
Felice Beato, The Taj Mahal, Agra, India. ca.1858
Felice Beato, Sumo wrestlers, c.1870-80
Felice Beato, Sumo wrestlers, c.1870-80
Felice Beato, Chutter Manzil Palace, with the King's Boat in the Shape of a Fish on the Gomti River, 1858-1862
Felice Beato, Chutter Manzil Palace, with the King's Boat in the Shape of a Fish on the Gomti River, 1858-1862
Felice Beato, Yokohama, Japan, 1865
Felice Beato, Yokohama, Japan, 1865
Felice Beato, Stone Basins Shiba Tokyo, 1860s
Felice Beato, Stone Basins Shiba Tokyo, 1860s
Felice Beato, Carpenters, 1860s
Felice Beato, Carpenters, 1860s
Felice Beato, Singing Girl, 1860s
Felice Beato, Singing Girl, 1860s
Felice Beato, Japanese Girls Writing, Reading & Sewing, 1860s
Felice Beato, Japanese Girls Writing, Reading & Sewing, 1860s
Felice Beato, Rice Production, 1860s
Felice Beato, Rice Production, 1860s
Felice Beato, Weaving Silk, 1860s
Felice Beato, Weaving Silk, 1860s
Felice Beato, Sawyers, 1860s
Felice Beato, Sawyers, 1860s
Felice Beato, Temple Gate Shiba, Tokyo, 1860
Felice Beato, Temple Gate Shiba, Tokyo, 1860
Felice Beato, The Forty-nine Gautamas in the Sagaing Temple, 1887-1895
Felice Beato, The Forty-nine Gautamas in the Sagaing Temple, 1887-1895
Felice Beato, The church of the Holy Sepulcher, 1857
Felice Beato, The church of the Holy Sepulcher, 1857
Felice Beato, Thibetan Monument in the Lama Temple, Pekin, 1860
Felice Beato, Thibetan Monument in the Lama Temple, Pekin, 1860
Felice Beato, Japanese Junk in Canal, 1865
Felice Beato, Japanese Junk in Canal, 1865
Felice Beato, Bathing, 1860s
Felice Beato, Bathing, 1860s
Felice Beato, Temple Shiba, Tokyo, 1860s
Felice Beato, Temple Shiba, Tokyo, 1860s
Felice Beato, Japanese Family, 1862
Felice Beato, Japanese Family, 1862
Felice Beato, Ferryboat, 1860s
Felice Beato, Ferryboat, 1860s
Felice Beato, Prince Okundaira, in formal Haori, ca. 1868
Felice Beato, Prince Okundaira, in formal Haori, ca. 1868
Felice Beato, Temple Gate Shiba, Tokyo, 1860s
Felice Beato, Temple Gate Shiba, Tokyo, 1860s
Felice Beato, Farmer Making a Rice Bale, 1860s
Felice Beato, Farmer Making a Rice Bale, 1860s
Felice Beato, Transportation, 1860
Felice Beato, Transportation, 1860
Felice Beato, Interior of the Sikh Temple with Marble Mosaic, 1859
Felice Beato, Interior of the Sikh Temple with Marble Mosaic, 1859
Felice Beato, Treasury Street, Canton, 1860
Felice Beato, Treasury Street, Canton, 1860
Felice Beato, The Taj Mahal from the entrance gateway, 1859
Felice Beato, The Taj Mahal from the entrance gateway, 1859
Felice Beato, The Taj Mahal from the River, 1859
Felice Beato, The Taj Mahal from the River, 1859
Felice Beato, View of the Summer Palace. Yuan Ming Yuan Pagoda. Before the Burning, Pekin, October 18, 1860
Felice Beato, View of the Summer Palace. Yuan Ming Yuan Pagoda. Before the Burning, Pekin, October 18, 1860
Felice Beato, Exterior of Asaf-ud-Daula's Imambara, or Tomb, 1858-1862
Felice Beato, Exterior of Asaf-ud-Daula's Imambara, or Tomb, 1858-1862
Felice Beato, General View of the Benares from the River, 1858-1862
Felice Beato, General View of the Benares from the River, 1858-1862
Felice Beato, Curio Shop, 1868
Felice Beato, Curio Shop, 1868
Felice Beato, Barber,1868
Felice Beato, Barber,1868
Felice Beato, Street actors, 1866-1867
Felice Beato, Street actors, 1866-1867
Felice Beato, Putting on the Obi, or Girdle, 1866-1867
Felice Beato, Putting on the Obi, or Girdle, 1866-1867
Felice Beato, A social meal, 1866-1867
Felice Beato, A social meal, 1866-1867
Felice Beato, Portrait of Prince Kung, brother of the Emperor of China, 1860
Felice Beato, Portrait of Prince Kung, brother of the Emperor of China, 1860
Felice Beato, Portrait of the Satsuma Clan Envoys, 1863
Felice Beato, Portrait of the Satsuma Clan Envoys, 1863
Felice Beato, The Great Imperial Winter Palace, 1860
Felice Beato, The Great Imperial Winter Palace, 1860
Felice Beato, Sacred Temple of Heaven, 1860
Felice Beato, Sacred Temple of Heaven, 1860
Felice Beato, Shops and Street, Chinese City of Pekin, 1860
Felice Beato, Shops and Street, Chinese City of Pekin, 1860
Felice Beato, Confucius, Canton,China, 1860
Felice Beato, Confucius, Canton,China, 1860
Felice Beato, Burmese Princesses, 1888-1893
Felice Beato, Burmese Princesses, 1888-1893
Felice Beato, Burmese Gentlemen and Servants, 1894-1897
Felice Beato, Burmese Gentlemen and Servants, 1894-1897
Felice Beato, Kootub, 1858
Felice Beato, Kootub, 1858
Felice Beato, Interior of the Hindu Temple in Kootub, 1858
Felice Beato, Interior of the Hindu Temple in Kootub, 1858
Felice Beato, Old Observatory near Delhi, 1858
Felice Beato, Old Observatory near Delhi, 1858
Felice Beato, Sir Dinkur Rao, Chief Minister of the Maharaja of Gwalior, 1857
Felice Beato, Sir Dinkur Rao, Chief Minister of the Maharaja of Gwalior, 1857
Felice Beato, Hairdressing, Japan, 1868
Felice Beato, Hairdressing, Japan, 1868
Felice Beato, Bronze Statue of Jeso-Sama, Hakone Lake, ca 1865
Felice Beato, Bronze Statue of Jeso-Sama, Hakone Lake, ca 1865
Felice Beato,  Japanese Samurai, c.1864-186
Felice Beato, Japanese Samurai, c.1864-186
Felice Beato, Woman with vase, 1865
Felice Beato, Woman with vase, 1865
Felice Beato, An elegant geisha in a garden, 1865
Felice Beato, An elegant geisha in a garden, 1865
Felice Beato, Woman with tea, 1865
Felice Beato, Woman with tea, 1865
Felice Beato, Woman with fan, 1865
Felice Beato, Woman with fan, 1865
Felice Beato, Two women on a bench, 1865
Felice Beato, Two women on a bench, 1865
Felice Beato, Japanese samurai, 1867
Felice Beato, Japanese samurai, 1867
Felice Beato, Samurai group, 1860s
Felice Beato, Samurai group, 1860s
Felice Beato, Japanese women asleep in bed, 1860s
Felice Beato, Japanese women asleep in bed, 1860s
Felice Beato, Samurai, 1867
Felice Beato, Samurai, 1867
Felice Beato, Samurai, Yokohama, 1864-1865
Felice Beato, Samurai, Yokohama, 1864-1865
Felice Beato, Japanese geisha, 1860s
Felice Beato, Japanese geisha, 1860s
Felice Beato, Fujiyama, 1860
Felice Beato, Fujiyama, 1860
Felice Beato, House of the courtesans, 1886
Felice Beato, House of the courtesans, 1886
Felice Beato, Japanese women, 1868
Felice Beato, Japanese women, 1868
Felice Beato, Samurai, 1868
Felice Beato, Samurai, 1868
Felice Beato, Japanese woman in kimono, 1860s
Felice Beato, Japanese woman in kimono, 1860s
Felice Beato, Japan, 1870
Felice Beato, Japan, 1870
Felice Beato, Two actors in traditional Japanese theatre costumes, 1860s
Felice Beato, Two actors in traditional Japanese theatre costumes, 1860s
Felice Beato, Two wrestlers with retainers, 1860
Felice Beato, Two wrestlers with retainers, 1860
Felice Beato, A group of Japanese merchants, 1860
Felice Beato, A group of Japanese merchants, 1860
Felice Beato, Geisha with baby, 1860
Felice Beato, Geisha with baby, 1860
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