November Meeting: November 17*

Exploring the Role of Photography

in 19th-century Japan

with Kjeld Duits

Date:              Thursday, November 17*, 2022

                        * Note the date! The November meeting is scheduled one week earlier than usual due to

                             the fourth Thursday being American Thanksgiving.

Time:              7:00–9:00 p.m.

Place:             Zoom (The link will be sent about 30 minutes before the event starts.)

Cost:              FEW members: FREE

                       Nonmembers (women only): ¥1,000 

Register:        By Wednesday, November 16, midnight

When photography was introduced to Japan in the 19th century, the resulting photographs were very popular and heavily influenced the way Japan was – and continues to be – viewed around the world. What made these photographs popular? And why were they so influential?

Our November speaker, Kjeld Duits, curates an extensive collection of vintage photographs centered on everyday life during the Meiji, Taisho and early Showa periods. Using images from his collection, Kjeld will highlight unique aspects of 19th-century photography in Japan and the role photography played in shaping views of Japan overseas. He will also talk about what inspired him to start the collection and how it came to be an important part of his work.

Join us for this unique chance to learn about 19th-century Japanese photography, and discover a new perspective on old Japan through Kjeld’s vintage collection of works.

  Our Speaker: Kjeld Duits

Kjeld Duits is a journalist and photographer based in Tokyo. A resident of Japan since 1982, he became a journalist after surviving the Great Hanshin Earthquake of 1995 and has since covered most major earthquakes in Asia. After falling in love with vintage photography of Japan, Duits started to build his own private collection. Duits also runs a boutique journalism and stock photography agency, DUITS, which curates an extensive collection of photographs of both old and modern Japan and also reports on current affairs and contemporary culture.


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The geisha Hamayuu tying an obi sash around her kimono, Taisho, 1910s
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