Seminar: From Artistry to Ethnography in Early Japanese Photographs

January 9, 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Mānoa Campus, Moore Hall 319 (Tokioka Room), 1890 East-West Rd. Add to Calendar

This is a public seminar from Dr. David Odo, Director of Student Programs & Research Curator of University Collections Initiatives at the Harvard Art Museums.

When is a photograph a souvenir? A work of art? Anthropological data? How can tourist photographs, produced to appeal to foreign visitors of “exotic” lands, become scientific data? Based on his studies of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology’s collection of early photographs of Japan at Harvard University, David Odo, author of The Journey of “A Good Type”: From Artistry to Ethnography in Early Japanese Photographs, will discuss this complicated terrain. The collection—comprised of highly aesthetic photographs expensively printed and painstakingly colored by hand in the 19th century—constitutes a fascinating example of how “art” and “science” can intersect in a museum.  

CJS events are free and open to the public. This lecture is in co-sponsorship with the Departments of Art & Art History, Anthropology, and History.

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