Stereoview Photo of Tattooed Japanese Workmen by Pierre Rossier One of the earliest photos ever taken in Japan
[Japan] This stereoview is one of the earliest photos ever taken in Japan. Swiss photographer Rossier (1829-86) came to Japan in 1859 and took the first commercial photos there for English firm, Negretti and Zambra. This stereoview photo is captioned on the rear, 'Views in Japan. 76. Japanese Workmen, in summer costume. These Workmen are tattooed from head to foot in a most remarkable manner the designs being of the most elaborate description, but owing to the tattooing being blue, they are not very visible in the photographic copies.' Although not clearly visible, this is probably the first photo ever taken in Japan of tattooed people.
Pierre Rossier. 1859.
Mount 17.3 x 8.3cm.
In very good condition with almost no noticeable age wear. p34061216