Japan 1886

These wonderful hand-painted photos of old Japan presented with a history lesson on how it flowed life at the turn of 19 and 20 centuries. In the 80 years of 19 century for mostly Europeans access to the Japanese interior was closed, one of Italian photographers managed to capture the old Japan. Hand-painted pictures were beautiful and realistic, and to this day, they remain for us striking evidence of long-vanished world. Author of pictures is Adolfo Farsari, who lived in Yokohama, after a brief military career.

Adolfo Farsari (February 11, 1841, Vicenza, Austro-Hungarian Empire – February 7, 1898) – American military, an Italian photographer who worked primarily in Japan. Born in Vichenche, which at that time was part of Austria. In 1859 he emigrated to the United States, where he went to serve in the cavalry. In the U.S., got married, but soon divorced. In 1873, together with her two children moved to Japan, where he became co-founder of Sargent, Farsari & Co., which produces posters, cards, registration books and journals and other works. At the present time Farsari are in private collections and various museums. In 2004, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts hosted an exhibition of his work.