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JAPANESE JUNKS -- A Classic, Honored Image of Old Meiji-era Japan | by Okinawa Soba (Rob)
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JAPANESE JUNKS -- A Classic, Honored Image of Old Meiji-era Japan

Hand-tinted glass lantern-slide by T. ENAMI ca.1898.

 

From Enami stereoview negative No. S 347.

 

ORIGINAL ENAMI TITLE : "Japanese Junks, Under Sail", or sometimes just "Japanese Junks".

 

Out of millions of the world's greatest photographs to choose from, the combined editorial staff of both the CORCORAN GALLERY OF ART and the NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY unanimously chose a black & white print version of this image by T. ENAMI to be used as the sole inset photograph on the First Edition cover of their 100th Anniversary exhibition book and catalog, the monumental ODYSSEY - THE ART OF PHOTOGRAPHY AT NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC. (1988).

 

Now, if THOSE folks don't know good photography when they see it, then who does ? Enami's teacher and long-time professional friend, the famous K. Ogawa, would have been very proud.

 

Compare the original hand-tinted photo above, with both the crop and the hand tinting of another copy of the exact same image found in the Nagasaki University Collection here :

 

oldphoto.lb.nagasaki-u.ac.jp/en/target.php?id=5081

 

Now, here is another one produced by Enami's studio during the same Meiji period, found in the collections of the PEABODY ESSEX MUSEM :

 

www.flickr.com/photos/24443965@N08/3284763157/

 

Or....see the flickrstream images together here : www.flickr.com/search/?w=24443965@N08&q="Japanes...

  

The MOTHER-LOAD of T. ENAMI images is found HERE : www.flickr.com/photos/24443965@N08/collections/7215761388...

 

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RANDOM SOBA : www.flickriver.com/photos/24443965@N08/random/

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Taken on October 22, 2007