[Performer in Bugaku-style Costume] Unknown Artist, Japanese Date: 1880s Medium: Albumen silver print Classification: Photographs. his photograph of a woman in a bugaku-style costume was probably produced for the tourist trade. Bugaku, a traditional form of Japanese court theater that dates back to the first millenium, was performed only by men. The photographer's use of a female model suggests that he was concerned more with effect than with authenticity.
Ca.1900 Hand-tinted collotype from photo attb. Kozaburo Tamamura, senior photographer and friend of T. Enami. Their studios were only doors apart from each other on Benten Street in Yokohama.