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TWO GEISHA AND THEIR WATER-LOGGED GHOSTS IN THE HORIKIRI IRIS GARDENS of OLD TOKYO, JAPAN | by Okinawa Soba (Rob)
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TWO GEISHA AND THEIR WATER-LOGGED GHOSTS IN THE HORIKIRI IRIS GARDENS of OLD TOKYO, JAPAN

The above image is from a hand-colored glass lantern slide photographed by T. ENAMI of Yokohama, Japan. It was printed, mounted, and colored sometime between the years 1925 and 1928 during the last few years of his life. Enami died early in 1929 at age 70, the same year that the more famous photographer K. OGAWA also passed away.

 

Back in the 1880s when they were both in their 20's, K. OGAWA was the one who taught T. ENAMI both the art and business of photography. Japanese photographic histories use the words "Disciple", "Student", and then "Assistant" when describing T. Enami's relationship to K. Ogawa.

 

While K. OGAWA is better known today as the producer of a wide range of COLLOTYPE BOOKS filled with images of old Japan, Enami is better known for his delicately tinted real-photo LANTERN SLIDES and STEREOVIEWS.

 

However, in their earliest days, they both produced the large albumen prints known as YOKOHAMA SHASHIN. ("Yokohama Photographs". That is, photos largely produced in Yokohama for sale to tourists passing through Japan)

 

No matter how large you are viewing the above image on your computer screen, the original image on glass is only about 2 inches x 3 inches in size, which gives you an idea of what kept the colorists busy as they slowly changed the B & W image to COLOR while looking through a magnifying glass, and using fine brushes to add the color, some as thin as a single hair.

 

While this image is a very late-period Enami view, you may see a large sampling of all of his images and styles from the 1890s through the 1920s --- including a couple of shots of T. ENAMI himself --- at this Flickr Collection :

 

www.flickr.com/photos/24443965@N08/collections/7215761388...

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Taken on October 20, 2007