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Dancing Party by Kusakabe Kimbei

Dancing Party by Kusakabe Kimbei


Kusakabe Kimbei (1841-1934) was the most famous Japanese photographer of his time, not only for his expertise in adding color to his work but also for his compelling compositions and diverse subject matter. Western fascination with Japanese culture in the late 19th century prompted Kimbei and others to offer souvenir photos for tourists and photo books for Europeans unable to visit. Photography arrived when traditional woodblock prints, or ukiyo-e, were the main form of popular art in Japan. Ukiyo-e’s influence on Kimbei’s work can be seen in the lovely hand-colored work and the subjects, such as women in daily life or performing traditional activities, actors, sumo wrestlers, and landscapes. As the center of tourism at the time, the port city of Yokohama also became the center of these fine hand-colored photographs.



  • Series title: Late 19th-Century Japan
  • Series size: 16 artworks
  • Edition: Limited edition of 1000
  • Proof of Ownership: Certification on the Ethereum blockchain under the ERC1155 protocol. Each artwork is delivered privately and directly to collectors as non-fungible tokens (NFTs) that guarantee proof of ownership.
  • Format: Pieces consist of PNG files sized 2160x3840 pixels - 150 dpi.
  • Medium: Phot