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Adolfo Farsari was an Italian photographer based in Yokohama, Japan. Following a brief military career, including service in the American Civil War, he became a successful entrepreneur and commercial photographer. During the 1880s, a period in which most Europeans were denied access to the Japanese interior, Fasari managed to capture many images of Old Japan. Beautifully and realistically hand painted, these images along with ukiyo-e prints serve as a remarkable record of a world long since disappeared. Farsari's images were widely distributed,they shaped foreign perceptions of the people and places of Japan and to some degree affected how Japanese saw themselves and their own country.
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