If you like Samurai's like Hugo (my 4-year-old) and I like Samurai's, then you spend a good part of the day googling for them as well. Right? Well today that resulted in finding the above self-portrait of a Japanese photographer in Samurai attire. What a lovely find I'd say. Two of my favorite things.
Scrolling takes hours on this 3 mile long web page, but there are a few other shots that I enjoyed as well. So let's all go visit the site and break the author's low expectations that he mentions in his intro...
visit site here (link)
from the site:
TO THE THREE PEOPLE IN THE WORLD WHO MIGHT ACTUALLY READ THIS STORY, I HOPE YOU FIND IT INTERESTING AND HELPFUL. IF NOT, I HOPE THAT YOU AT LEAST FIND SOME ENJOYMENT IN GAZING AT ENAMI'S "LOST PICTURES" OF OLD JAPAN.
T. Enami (1859-1929) was one of Japan's most successful photographers during the Meiji and Taisho eras. While offering many of the same services and productions as his contemporaries, he also engaged in other activities that made him unique. Further, Enami was the only Japanese professional photographer known to have worked in all artistic and commercial formats of his time.
He was one of only a few photographers born in Japan's old Edo period to successfully grow out of his roots as a traditional maker of the classic, large-format "Yokohama Shashin" albums, finding new techniques and modes of expression that were ahead of his time.
An early lantern-slide by Enami utilizing another of his studio backdrops. Like the image above, this ca.1892-95 studio composition was one of many chosen by Tamamura for inclusion in the Brinkley Japan sets.
ca. 1898. rustic trail into the morning fog. untransposed stereoview.