Hand Coloured Photos of Japan from 1886 by Adolfo Farsari, via Yellowtrace. Hand Coloured Photos of Japan from 1886 by Adolfo Farsari, via Yellowtrace. Hand Coloured Photos of Japan from 1886 by Adolfo Farsari, via Yellowtrace. Hand Coloured Photos of Japan from 1886 by Adolfo Farsari, via Yellowtrace. Hand Coloured Photos of Japan from 1886 by Adolfo Farsari, via Yellowtrace. Hand Coloured Photos of Japan from 1886 by Adolfo Farsari, via Yellowtrace. Hand Coloured Photos of Japan from 1886 by Adolfo Farsari, via Yellowtrace. Hand Coloured Photos of Japan from 1886 by Adolfo Farsari, via Yellowtrace.

 

There is something truly beautiful and mysterious about old photographs. For me, they are an endless source of inspiration and intrigue. In fact, some of you might recall this epic post where I celebrate my love of vintage photography.

Needless to say, I’ve fallen in love with these dream-like images of Japan from 1886, documented by Italian photographer Adolfo Farsari (1841-1898). Fasari’s work was highly regarded during his time, particularly for his hand-coloured portraits and landscapes like the ones I’m sharing with you today. His images have shaped foreign perceptions of the people and places of Japan, and to some degree they also influenced how Japanese saw themselves and their country.

 

Hand Coloured Photos of Japan from 1886 by Adolfo Farsari, via Yellowtrace. Hand Coloured Photos of Japan from 1886 by Adolfo Farsari, via Yellowtrace. Hand Coloured Photos of Japan from 1886 by Adolfo Farsari, via Yellowtrace. Hand Coloured Photos of Japan from 1886 by Adolfo Farsari, via Yellowtrace. Hand Coloured Photos of Japan from 1886 by Adolfo Farsari, via Yellowtrace.

 

All I can say is – thank goodness for Design Free Thursday, otherwise I’d never be able to share these random discoveries with you. That would be a damn shame if you ask me. Wouldn’t you agree?


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Dana Tomić Hughes
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Dana is an award-winning interior designer living in Sydney, Australia. With an unhealthy passion for design, Dana commits to an abnormal amount of daily design research. Regular travel and attendance at premier design events, enables Dana to stay at the forefront of the design world globally. While she is super serious about design, Dana never takes herself - nor design - too seriously. Together with her life and business partner, Dana is Boss Lady at Studio Yellowtrace, specialising in Design Strategy, Creative Direction and Special Projects. The studio takes a highly conceptual and holistic approach to translating brands & ideas into places & experiences.

4 Responses

  1. Sarah

    I love, love, love these too! They convey a sense of innocence yet I am sure there is much more to the story.

    Thanks for sharing. Design Free Thursday is my favourite day of the week.

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  2. Sheree

    Beautiful! Ialso have a collection of Japanese hand coloured prints….I’m not sure who the photographer is??

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