Geisha: A Photographic History, 1872-1912

Stanley B. Burns Elizabeth A. Burns

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Geisha: A Photographic History, 1872-1912

Geisha A Photographic History Japanese geisha and courtesans intrigue and fascinate Westerners During the mid nineteenth century Japan opened its doors to the world and became an essential destination for travelers Tourists desir

  • Title: Geisha: A Photographic History, 1872-1912
  • Author: Stanley B. Burns Elizabeth A. Burns
  • ISBN: 9781576873366
  • Page: 299
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Japanese geisha and courtesans intrigue and fascinate Westerners During the mid nineteenth century, Japan opened its doors to the world and became an essential destination for travelers Tourists desired images of landscapes and traditional Japanese culture, which Japanese photographers provided They created souvenir albums consisting of hand colored photographs individuJapanese geisha and courtesans intrigue and fascinate Westerners During the mid nineteenth century, Japan opened its doors to the world and became an essential destination for travelers Tourists desired images of landscapes and traditional Japanese culture, which Japanese photographers provided They created souvenir albums consisting of hand colored photographs individually chosen by the tourist Many are so beautifully painted that they challenge modern sensibilities familiar with color photography The photographic conventions were inspired by the aesthetics of the noted colored woodblock print medium of ukiyo e and the privately published surimono These works depicted the floating world courtesans, geisha, and entertainments which also were intriguing subject matter for tourists In the seventeenth century, the social category of entertainer, or exactly hostess and companion for men, was established the geisha, Japanese for artist Geisha are professional hostesses who train in the art of pleasing men, by performing traditional dance, playing instruments and singing, and intelligent conversation and humor They were experts in tea ceremony and all aspects of dining Their aim was to simulate the ambience and impression of Feudal Japan It took years for an apprentice geisha maiko to learn the art, but the result was wealth, renown, and celebrity This book, Geisha A Photographic History, 1880 1910, documents the intimate life and culture of the nineteenth century geisha It portrays these artists in a cultural reality created by staged studio photography, private scenes, and rare outdoor images The geisha is pictured performing her daily rituals and various arts bathing, dressing, hair styling, dining, dancing, and playing instruments Images of courtesans and other working women are presented alongside the geisha to show all sides of this enchanting aspect of Japanese culture Completing the story are insightful essays on the history of nineteenth century Japanese photography, the social history of the geisha, and the history of the opening of Japan.

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    One thought on “Geisha: A Photographic History, 1872-1912

    1. Ann Keller on said:

      Wonderful view of the geisha around the turn of the century. I was surprised by a couple of the photos, showing the geisha's smiling and actually having a little bit of fun. Photographs were serious business during the nineteenth century. Interesting to see these women in the candid, open view only a photograph can provide.

    2. Sara on said:

      Very interesting. Stanley Burns, besides showing pictures of geishas as expected, goes into details about geishas and Japanese culture. He also goes into great detail about photography in Japan in this era and how popular these pictures were for tourists. These photos are painted - the kimonos are striking and they are beautiful pictures.I kept thinking of Memoirs of a Geisha, though, as I looked as these pictures. And how painful it would be to sleep on that elevated wooden post to preserve you [...]

    3. Heather on said:

      This book is illustrated with beautiful, hand-painted black and white photographs, gathered from various collections.Many of the pictures are not of geisha but number 9 girls, a euphemism for the type of prostitute. The author provides a lot of information about the differences, including differences which can be seen in the photographs.For instance, one can tell the difference between number 9 girls and geisha, and between the novice and the more experienced geisha, by manner of dress, includin [...]

    4. Naamah on said:

      I got this book for my birthday a few years back. I have always been interested in geisha's and I love the way they look. So having a book full of old authentic pictures is great. I really enjoyed this book.

    5. Denise on said:

      This book is full of historic pictures and gives a brief understanding of what the picture is about. There's not a lot of text, just enough to understand the pictures. You'll still learn something and the pictures are from earlier times and are authentic. Enjoy!

    6. Patrick Stone on said:

      Not a lot of actual reading to do in this one, but the photo plates—though posed, colorized, and presumably intended for tourists—are magnificent. If you have any interest in pre-War Japan, this is for you.

    7. Nicole on said:

      Beautiful photographs. Bought to use photographs for home decor in a remodel.

    8. Sharon on said:

      Found this book at my local libraryw I will have to add it to my library. Great book.

    9. emm on said:

      Beautiful photos. I enjoyed the brief history of the pornographic fanbase these photos had.

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