A career of Japan: Baron Raimund von Stillfried and early Yokohama photography

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A Career of Japan is the first study of one of the major photographers and personalities of nineteenth-century Japan. Baron Raimund von Stillfried was the most important foreign-born photographer of the Meiji era and one of the first globally active photographers of his generation. He played a key role in the international image of Japan and the adoption of photography within Japanese society itself. Yet the lack of a thorough study of his activities, travels, and work has been a fundamental gap in both Japanese- and Western-language scholarship. Based on extensive new primary sources and unpublished documents from archives around the world, this book examines von Stillfried’s significance as a cultural mediator between Japan and Central Europe. It highlights the tensions and fierce competition that underpinned the globalising photographic industry at a site of cultural contact and exchange – treaty-port Yokohama. In the process, it raises key questions for Japanese visual culture, Habsburg studies, and cross-cultural histories of photography and globalisation.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLeiden
Number of pages371
ISBN (Electronic)9789004300804
ISBN (Print)9789004289321
Publication statusPublished - 14 Dec 2015

Publication series

NamePhotography in Asia
ISSN (Print)2405-7800


  • Japanese photography
  • Cross-cultural studies
  • Visual studies
  • Photography history


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