Portraits in Sepia
A comprehensive survey of 19th century Japanese photography
This 328 page bilingual book written by Japanese photo historians Torin Boyd and Naomi Izakura contains an extensive listing of over 1150 Japanese photographers, studios, publishers, and researchers from the 1840s to 1912. Also included are sixty four pages of four color and duotone plates showing a selection of over 200 images, mostly in carte de visite format. Other sections contain a guide for dating Japanese carte de visite, and a fold out chart for identifying 19th century photographic processes.
In addition to the Japanese photographers, Portraits in Sepia also indexes foreign photographers working in Japan during the nineteenth century, as well as Japanese photographers who worked abroad. All entries contain such useful information as dates of operation, studio addresses, formats used, and working status, plus brief biographical sketches.
An easy to read book, Portraits in Sepia will be a useful reference guide on Japanese photographic history for many years to come.
Published by Asahi Sonorama in conjunction with the JCII Camera Museum, October 2000 (Japanese title: Sepia Iro no Shozo). This book is out of print, but is available here from stock set aside by the authors.