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MT. FUJI FROM KASHIWABARA  柏原 | by Okinawa Soba (Rob)
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MT. FUJI FROM KASHIWABARA 柏原

This is a classic, large format, T. ENAMI albumen view from his early 1892-96 period. It is catalog No. 310 in his printed list of over 850 images sold out of his Yokohama studio at No.9 Benten Street. This image, as well as all the others he took, could also be had as hand-colored Lantern Slides.

 

A web search of the photo title will provide other examples (some with collectors' watermarks) showing a range of printing densities, colors, and contrasts --- a result of the hand made nature of each image printed under the sun over 110 years ago, or image processing done prior to posting.

 

Some of my own variant examples are linked to farther below in this caption.

 

Over the years, other "Yokohama Album" photographers took similar views from this general location along the old Tokaido [Eastern Coast Road], and comparing the variants provides an interesting look at the changes to these grassy marshlands.

 

For some technical commentary about the image, see comments #3 and #5 below.

 

In the better sets of Capt. Brinkley's magnificent 10-volume JAPAN -- DESCRIBED AND ILLUSTRATED BY THE JAPANESE published in 1897, this Enami view was the leading full-plate albumen image tipped into Volume One, following K. OGAWA'S collotype frontispiece of a Japanese flower.

 

In the large folio book, this photo was matted with the same green surround you see above. While Enami's image number 310 (as well as the title) is usually seen at the bottom of the photograph when mounted in his personal albums from the late 19th Century, these identifying inclusions were cropped from the photographs used in the Brinkley sets.

 

Throughout the 10 volumes, at least 28 real-photo albumen views by Enami are found tipped in among the 260 photos on display. Many others are thought to be his, but the database is not compete enough to ID them all. If the editions of this set that use black & white half-tones are include, over 40 Enami prints are found --- unfortunately, along with the other photographers who contributed their work, Enami's images remained unaccredited.

 

Although K. TAMAMURA was responsible to make the eventual 1,000,000 (yes, that's one million) hand-colored photographs needed for all of the various editions published over the years, he obviously could not do it alone in his relatively small Yokohama studio.

 

Tamamura requested the help of KAZUMASA OGAWA, KIMBEI KUSAKABE, T. ENAMI, and others to come up with all of the images. By 1897, they already had over 350 sun printers and photo colorists working on the project.

 

Since I am a big fan of Enami's photographic works, it gave me great pleasure to find that this image by him was chosen as the first, full-sized matted print among all the rest.

 

This image was also used in a unique way by the PEABODY-ESSEX MUSEUM in Salem, Massachusetts : www.flickr.com/photos/24443965@N08/3250768219/

 

Here are the few Fuji from Kashiwabara T. Enami images on my photostream seen together :

 

www.flickr.com/search/?q="Fuji+from+Kashiwabara&quot...

 

Like to see more of his FUJI images ? Here is a small sampling. Enjoy !

 

www.flickr.com/search/?s=int&w=all&q=Enami+Fuji&a...

  

For more on T. ENAMI and his amazing career, see : www.t-enami.org/

 

His BIO starts 1/3 the way down the SERVICES page.

 

For a nice set of his hand-tinted glass slides see : www.flickr.com/photos/24443965@N08/sets/72157604145302649/

  

By the way, the lip of Fuji's crater is about 15 miles (24 km) from Enami's camera. KASHIWABARA is now a part of FUJI CITY in Shizuoka Prefecture. Today, the Shinkansen Bullet Train runs across the scene at the base of the nearer mountain slope. The natural wetlands in front of you have been largely converted into farmlands with scattered clumps of housing --- waterways remain, but they have been moved, straightened out, and formed into canals. About where you are standing runs an expressway, and the Tokaido Line of the Japan Railway System. Toyota Dealers, Gas Stations, and Convenience Stores are just off frame on both sides of the scene.

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Taken on August 2, 2008