The Burns Archive Presents the Art of Japanese Hand Painted Photography
Join us for an intimate viewing into the colorfully kaleidoscopic world of everyday life in Japan at our special sake reception, led by the esteemed Stanley B. Burns, M.D. of the Burns Archive & Collection.
Japan, an island nation isolated until the mid-nineteenth century, opened its doors to foreign photographers in the 1860s. It was those early photographers who gained access to Meiji Japan, and the wonders within. And while other photographers during that time typically were making sepia-toned prints, these photographers in Japan took advantage of local artists to have their prints uniquely and exquisitely hand-painted. In fact, many photographs were executed so well they rivaled modern color photography.
These unusual photographs are a part of an incredibly treasured collection of images from the mid-19th century through the 1950s know as “The Burns Archive” and are not typically available for public viewing. Stanley B. Burns, M.D. is renowned for The Burns Archive, his own private and extensive collection of photographs, especially those documenting early medical practices.
We’ll be meeting at RESOBOX, a gathering place for Japanese art, where their current exhibition on FUJISAN: ETERNAL SYMBOL OF JAPAN features a selection from The Burns Archive of hand-painted photographs all focused on the iconic Mt. Fuji.
Included your admission is a signed copy of the catalog, Setting Sun: Painted Photographs of Meiji Japan. Within the book are 160 fascinating photographs, curated from tourist albums and presented in the sequence most typical to the era.
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