Japanese photo album (Adolfo Farsari 1885-1890)


Girona, Spain

Japanese photo album 1885-1890, from the photographic studio of Adolph Farsari (Yokohama).

The photographs in this album are made with the photographic procedure to albumen. Each photograph is delicately hand-colored. The covers of the album are lacquered wood with red, black and old gold.

These albums were luxury items designed especially for travelers, tourists or foreign residents in Japan. They were a souvenir of the traditions, people, cities, landscapes and heritage of Japan at a time, in the late nineteenth century, where everything from the East, especially Japan, was fashionable in the West and had a significant influence on the arts (Japonism). Some of these albums also exported to Europe and America.