The editorial team was particularly moved by the photographs, prints and works of Japanese photographers and artists dating from 1830-1890. Generally speaking, Japanese visual culture then was not the same as that of the West, and even now there are so many fundamental differences. The authors sought inspiration for their subjects from the diversity of urban life in an attempt to capture the elusive reality.
The photographs in the exhibition were created using the technique of albumen print, which fades inexorably in contact with sunlight. And these photographs, unlike the Western ones, were often partially coloured, not for the sake of acute naturalism, but to set visual accents.
The exhibition "Ancient Japanese Photography and Prints" combines staged images taken in the streets with photographs made entirely in a photo studio, in which the collective images of geishas and samurais are portrayed by costumed actors. But even in the staged pictured the breath of that life is inadvertently caught - blurred ghost figures in the streets and spontaneous displays of emotion in minor characters. Many images often portray deep symbolism, when there are plants of lotus, iris and wisteria, as the have a certain meaning.
It was possible to look in detail at the attire of Japanese women of the time and find out what the differences between courtesans and geishas were.