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[Woman with Umbrella in Rain]

Raimund von Stillfried Austrian
Kusakabe Kimbei Japanese

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Commercial photography studios in Meiji-era Japan were renowned for the subtlety and refinement of their coloring techniques. This hand-tinted image of a young woman caught in a heavy rainstorm achieved its naturalistic effect by knitting together multiple strands of artifice: the greenery in the foreground was a studio prop; the flaps of the kimono were suspended by thin wires to create the impression of a strong wind; and long, diagonal marks were made on the negative to suggest streaks of rain.

[Woman with Umbrella in Rain], Raimund von Stillfried (Austrian, 1839–1911), Albumen silver print from glass negative with applied color

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