About Filters Collection History Photographic albums, photographically illustrated books, and archival photographs have been in the Library's collections and predecessor collections since the mid- to lateth century. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs through various means, including purchase, gift, and transfer from other divisions. Important early albums of photographs of East Asia are still entering the Library's collections, and their contents will eventually be added to this digital presentation. Background The technology of photography was introduced into Asian countries soon after its invention in various forms in Europe. The first daguerreotype camera was imported into Japan in the patent dates to Wet and dry plate photographic processes were introduced into Japan by Dutch photographers stationed on the island of Dejima, in Nagasaki Bay, beginning in the s.
Back to Explore Share Explore highlights of our Japanese collection, from tiny netsuke to cutting edge designs, superb ceramics to Ainu artefacts. They cover the four major print genres — warriors, landscapes, beauties and theatre — with the majority of works being by the renowned artists Kuniyoshi, Kunisada and Hiroshige. The group also includes some woodblock-printed books, numbering about 30 titles. More recently, collecting has aimed to increase the representation of early modern paintings, in hanging scroll, handscroll, album and folding screen formats. The slideshow below shows a selection of prints and paintings from our collection. Colour woodblock print triptych depicting three young women standing beside a palanquin at night, with two puppies at their feet and a full moon and bats flying overhead: Japan, by Keisai Eisen, c