Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Sixteen Animated Views of Old Meiji Era Japan

This collection of extremely cool 3D stereo views of Meiji Japan was found at a site called Bezbridge. It is a collection of old images of Japan set up in animated stereo view. These are all moving gifs.


DOUBLE CLICK ON IMAGE TO SEE ANIMATION
絵をクリックするとアニメになる!
DOUBLE CLICK ON IMAGE TO SEE ANIMATION

下にアニメーションが沢山ある!
The site says:


In the late 19th and early 20th century, enigmatic photographer T. Enami (1859-1929) captured a number of 3D stereoviews depicting life in Meiji-period Japan.


This sounds interesting so I dug up some more information about T. Enami for you.


T. Nobukuni Enami


The formal portrait of Japanese Photographer T. Enami seen above was possibly taken in 1909 --- dated by the outdoor group portrait shown below that was published in association with it. If so, Enami would be about 50 years old, with 20 years of photographic activity still ahead of him.   
       The original silver prints of both of these images have been lost, and are reproduced here from halftone illustrations published in K. Ogawa's 1913 book SOGYO KINEN SANJU NEN SHI  [A Celebration of Thirty Years in the Photography Business] ---a commemorative book detailing the history of K. Ogawa's commercial photographic enterprises that, among other things, provided portraits of the photographers and associate members of the K. Ogawa Alumni Association. 
This rare book was re-discovered in 1994 by professional photographer and photo-historian Torin BoydHe was kind enough to send me copies of these halftone illustrations, which look just fine here...considering they are both  SCANS of a XEROX of HALFTONES made from a long lost PHOTOGRAPH !
DOUBLE CLICK ON IMAGE TO SEE ANIMATION
絵をクリックするとアニメになる!
 DOUBLE CLICK ON IMAGE TO SEE ANIMATION
 DOUBLE CLICK ON IMAGE TO SEE ANIMATION
絵をクリックするとアニメになる!
 絵をクリックするとアニメになる!
 DOUBLE CLICK ON IMAGE TO SEE ANIMATION
 絵をクリックするとアニメになる!
 DOUBLE CLICK ON IMAGE TO SEE ANIMATION
 絵をクリックするとアニメになる!
 DOUBLE CLICK ON IMAGE TO SEE ANIMATION
絵をクリックするとアニメになる!
 DOUBLE CLICK ON IMAGE TO SEE ANIMATION
 絵をクリックするとアニメになる!
 DOUBLE CLICK ON IMAGE TO SEE ANIMATION
 絵をクリックするとアニメになる!
 DOUBLE CLICK ON IMAGE TO SEE ANIMATION
絵をクリックするとアニメになる!


To see more go to Bezbridge.

1 comment:

Ira Hata said...

Cool, Mike!

Old school seems pretty high quality, don't you think?

Thanks, dude!

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