Kusakabe Kimbei (日下部 金兵衛) (1841–1934) was a Japanese photographer. He usually went by his given name, Kimbei, because his clientele, mostly non-Japanese-speaking foreign residents and visitors, found it easier to pronounce than his family name.:8
|Born||November 24, 1841 or |
November 27, 1841
|Died||April 19, 1932 or |
April 19, 1934
Kusakabe Kimbei worked with Felice Beato and Baron Raimund von Stillfried as a photographic colourist and assistant. In 1881, Kimbei opened his own workshop in Yokohama, in the Benten-dōri quarter. From 1889, the studio operated in the Honmachi quarter.
By 1893, his was one of the leading Japanese studios supplying art to Western customers. Many of the photographs in the studio's catalogue featured depictions of Japanese women, which were popular with tourists of the time.:10 Kimbei preferred to portray female subjects in a traditional bijinga style, and hired geisha to pose for the photographs. Many of his albums are mounted in accordion fashion.
Kimbei retired as a photographer in 1914.
View of Mount Fuji. Hand-coloured albumen silver print, 1880.
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- I Photo Central. Kusakabe Kimbei. A selection of photographs by Kusakabe. Accessed 30 May 2008.
- Some of Kimbei Kusakabe's photos. At the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.
- Fostinum: Photographs by Kusakabe Kimbei
- Photos of Japan. Kusakabe Kimbei. A collection of Japanese prints by Kusakabe Kimbei.