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If you don't have a specific SET or IMAGE you are looking for, but want to see what TWO YEARS WORTH of other flickr visitors thought were the most interesting of Enami's images (posted by all flickr members), then click here, and keep scrolling until you get bored to death :


Go to my website and scroll down the HOME page. Take it at a brisk flow, and watch the photos go by :

Then, go to page two (the SERVICES page) and scroll right down through the pictures on that page as well.

If you did that giving only one minute to each page, your eyes will have been bombarded with well over 200 Enami views in just two minutes or so !

This is probably the only place on the Web where you can pull such a visual stunt in order to get a quick over-view of the style, value, and content of a 19th century Japanese photographer.

You might even like some of what you see.

If you want to (or need to for data purposes), you can slow down your scroll speed, and read what catches your eye, or grab a caption to a photo that appeals to you.

Once you have that out of the way, you can return here to this ENAMI Collection for a more detailed look at not only those Website images, but an additional 600 or so images not seen on the Website --- but, you will have to access them (and their data/link-filled captions) one by one.

Save time by only going after what you want or need via the THUMBNAILS in each SET.

I regret to tell you that the old Japan views do NOT stop with this ENAMI Collection. There are over 1,200 additional views by many other Japanese photographers scattered throughout the rest of the SETS.

There is a remote possibility that a couple of my opinionated "Free Speech" captions might make you nauseous, or even angry. If you stumble on one of those, and feel a sudden need to come after me with a Samurai Sword, immediately stop reading, take a deep breath, and go on to the next photo. That's it !

Enjoy the pix !




This SPECIAL COLLECTION contains almost 900 old Meiji and Taisho-era ENAMI-RELATED images.

As far as is known, this flickr archive forms the largest on-line portfolio of any 19th or early 20th Century Japanese photographer.



Okinawa_Soba takes pleasure in posting a large selection of Enami's old images of long-gone JAPAN—found amongst boxes of junk that are otherwise wasting away in a dark corner of my room.

T. Enami (T probably stood for Toshi), was the "trade name", or "artist name" NOBUKUNI ENAMI (or, in Japanese name order, 江南 信國 — ENAMI NOBUKUNI).

Why didn't he use his real name ? I don't know. Go ask Mark Twain, er, I mean Samuel Clemens.

In any case, and by any name, Enami was truly a “photographers photographer” who in his youthful 20s was a student and assistant to K. OGAWA , and a hard-working Professional until he died at age 70 in 1929.

His own studio, established in Yokohama in 1892 when he was 33 years old, then passed to his son, Tamotsu (not a photographer), who carried on as a commercial DPE photo processor and printer for locals and tourists, as well as a publisher of his father’s photographs.

It is important to remember that on all photographic mounts, the imprint T. Enami never stood for Tamotsu Enami. However, the coincidence—whether or not intentionally set up by the Elder with the thought that Tamotsu might eventually inherit the studio—was no doubt helpful to the younger, as the studio name and all stationary connected with it could remain the same.

When the studio was “closed forever” by the fire-bombings of WW2, it had been in continual existence for 53 years—one of the longest running studios to come out of Japan’s old Meiji era.

If you want to count the little photo-finishing shop that Tamostu ran until his death in 1969, then T. Enami's photographic influence and related activity within the family lasted for a good 77 years.

It's amazing to me that a man born in 1859 during the old Edo-Bakumatsu period of Japan—and who probably wore the classic "top-knot" as a youngster—would go on to become a credited, contributing photographer to National Geographic Magazine during his lifetime....and a whole lot more than that as well.

While this flickr collection gives a vast visual presentation (with titles comments ranging from serious to tongue-in-cheek), a more focused, in-depth look at Enami's life and photographic accomplishments are found at this Web page, on the site dedicated to him :

Enjoy the sets....photographer T. ENAMI'S personal vision of his own world of old Japan.

NOTE : Photo Historian and Curator types please read the bottom portion of the caption block here :


MORE T.ENAMI !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

For those who have taken a liking to this Meiji-era Photographer, and would like to SEE (or just KNOW ABOUT) other collections of his work beside the images seen here on the Okinawa_Soba Flickrstream, this will get you started :

(The following list is expanded a bit with some illustrations at )

(1) 49 T. Enami views may be seen immediately here at the NAGASAKI UNIVERSITY LIBRARY COLLECTION. At the link below, type the number 98 into the left-most space of the Cabinet search box, then Click the search button. 50 Enami thumbnails will appear—click on any of them for a better look !

NOTE : You will see several Enami views on the Nagasaki Site (and the others listed below) that are "duplicated" on my own photostream. However, if you compare them closely, you will see that they are "worked up" differently by Enami and his studio colorists as they made them one-by-one, over a century ago.

(2) KANAGAWA UNIVERSITY LIBRARY has finally uploaded 59 of its T. Enami stereoviews via pdf files attributing all to photographer FELIX BEATO. Ha ! Even though Enami's name is on every mount, one of the archivists in this Japanese University apparently didn't believe that one of their own could take such nice photos, and --- in spite of plenty of proof to the contrary --- attributed them to the great Beato !

This is not unlike the hordes of dubious Western scholars who, when confronted with hundreds of photos and photo-books imprinted with the name K. OGAWA, tell us that the K. stands for ISSHIN. How in the hell these so-called scholars of Japanese photography declare that the letter K stands for ISSHIN is beyond comprehension. Poor KAZUMASA (or KAZUMA) OGAWA rolls over in his grave at such goofiness.

Back to the Kanagawa links :

When the pdf file opens for each Enami pic, you have to scroll down a bit to see it.

Sorry, the Library has taken down all of their Enami marerial --- for now.

(3) There is a fine collection of over 80 Enami slides down in beautiful New Zealand. They are now posted on Flickr, and may be seen here :

Original home-site selection here :

(4) The 36 Enami slides from the Robert Cornely Collection may be seen here. Click a TAB, then click on a PIC :

(5) The UNIVERSITY OF OREGON holds the huge Gertrude Bass Warner Collection of nearly 5,500 "mixed photographer" lantern-slides from Enami's day and age. She was a definite "slide nut" (in a good way, of course) and hauled back quite a bit of photographs from Japan.

The University has posted 93 sample lantern-slides from among the 5,500 they have, and that narrow slice holds many identified T. Enami views.

Simple extrapolation allows us to speculate that Enami makes up a valuable part of the archives images. See how many Enami photographs you can spot on the many pages of samples posted here :

(6) The UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON LIBRARIES houses the Helen Ford Collection of over 300 Enami slides. None are posted on line. However, a concise description of the collection is given here :

(7) The PEABODY ESSEX MUSEUM has over 50 beautiful Enami slides, none posted on line at their own site. However, they gave kind permission to post some examples here on my PEM Set in this Collections group. Thanks, PEM !

(8) The GEORGE EASTMAN HOUSE INTERNATIONAL MUSEUM OF PHOTOGRAPHY also has a beautiful collection of about 50 Enami slides. None are posted on line.

(9) The ROYAL GORGE REGIONAL MUSEUM & HISTORY CENTER in Cañon City, Colorado has a collection of over 50 Enami slides. These are not posted on line.

MANY OTHER INSTITUTIONS DEALING WITH ART AND PHOTOGRAPHY ALSO HOLD SLIDE COLLECTIONS OF JAPAN. Since I am not familiar with the possible Enami content, I do not list them here.



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