A MODERN SELF: LATE 19TH AND EARLY 20TH CENTURY JAPANESE VERNACULAR STUDIO PORTRAITS – TAASA Review September 2022
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This article was originally found in the September 2022 edition of TAASA Review (Volume 31, Issue 3, Page 22).
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Gael Newton W hile I was busy between 2006-2014 developing a core historic collection and survey of pioneer Asian photographers for the Australian National Gallery, which TAASA supported with various articles on Asian photographers in the TAASA Review, my partner became fascinated by late 19th to early 20th century everyday Japanese domestic studio portraits.
His interest was primarily in how the people of Japan were portraying themselves in photographs during this period: past influences were present in their dress plus modernism with a touch of militarism.
The emerging role of women as individuals, as new women in the workforce and with associations beyond the family, were a particular interest...