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.