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Exhibition December 17, 2019 − January 26, 2020

Ancient japanese photography

The Rostov Regional Museum of Local Lore invites to a unique exhibition of Japanese colorized photographs of the Meiji era (1868-1912) -"Ancient Japanese photography"from the collection of the Multimedia Art Museum of Moscow (MAMM).

The exhibition features colorized photography — a special kind of art that stands at the intersection of several traditions: European photography and Japanese traditional art forms. At the exhibition, filming shots on the streets with extras and scenes, completely constructed in the airless space of a photo studio, where everyday life turns into an exotic ritual, and the collective and typical images of geishas and samurai are portrayed by dressed actors; and also presents elements of a traditional costume (female kimono), objects of religious worship, household items.

Both the European masters and the Japanese photographers who succeeded them could not ignore the local tradition - the Japanese visual culture appeared explicitly or implicitly in the pictures. Plots, motifs, realities, traditional symbols - all this obviously resembles other forms of art, especially color woodcut (woodcut)ukiyo-e, which also experienced flourishing in the 19th century. The name of the genre is translated from Japanese as "pictures of the passing world." The art of engraving at the end of the Edo period and the Meiji period is strikingly in tune with photography - both are circulation art, they have color in one way or another, they are designed for the general public.

Based on site materialsRostov Regional Museum of Local Lore.
Galleries at the exhibition