Young Woman with Umbrella
Baron Raimund von Stillfried-Rathenitz (Austrian, 1839 – 1911)
MediumHand-tinted albumen print
DimensionsSheet : 13 3/4 x 10 5/8 in. (34.92 x 26.99 cm)
Credit LineGift of David Kamansky and Gerald Wheaton
LabelPhotography was introduced into Japan in the early 1860s. Among the pioneers of the genre in Japan was an Austrian nobleman named Baron Raimund von Stillfried, who established a photography studio in the port city of Yokohama in the early 1870s. Stillfried trained and employed numerous Japanese assistants to help him compose images that captured different aspects of Japanese life at that time. This image of a young Japanese woman holding an umbrella and seeming to struggle against a gust of wind and rain was staged in Stillfried’s Yokohama studio around 1875. Although the photograph appears to capture an instant in time, in fact the model would have had to stay still for several minutes to allow for the relatively long exposure times of early cameras.