National Library of Australia Japan Study Grant

Prize: Award


This project examines how photography impacted the treatment of temporality in Japanese actor prints of the early Meiji era. Looking to a selection of Meiji actor prints by artists such as Toyohara Kunichika housed at the National Library in Canberra, this project considers how popular yakusha-e of the latter nineteenth century countered the influence of photography, particularly through experimentations with time. How did these later prints splice, enfold, and hyperbolise time in actor portraits? Through a close examination of temporality, this project examines how kabuki prints of the Meiji era challenged the photographic portrait by visually playing with time.
Degree of recognitionNational
Granting OrganisationsNational Library of Australia