Kozaburo Tamamura

Nara 2In 1874, Kozaburo Tamamura began in photography with a shop in Asakusa, Tokyo. In 1883, he moved to Yokohama. He specialized in souvenir photo albums and is regarded as one of the originators of “Yokohama Shashin” (tourist photos). He produced albumen photos as well as collotypes, often hand colored. It is said that in the 1890s he employed more than 100 colorists to fill a special order (stated in one account to be 180,000) for hand colored photos; it is widely accepted that these were the albumen photos tipped into Brinkley’s Japan Described and Illustrated which was published in the U.S. This photo was taken in Nara, Japan.

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