Ogawa was a master of artistic photography and callotype printing, and published over 300 titles. After studying photography and English, he joined the fleet of the American frigate Swatara and spent two years working in photography studios in Boston and Philadelphia. In 1884, he returned to Japan and opened his own studio with the help of Viscount Okabe Nagamoto whom he had met in the U.S. Within five years he began his printing company and in 1891 he was commisioned to do a series of the 100 most popular geisha in Tokyo to commamorate the building of the city's first skyscraper, Ryounkaku.
"Japanese Flowers" is among his most famous works.
Portraits in Sepia, p.263.
Collotype is a high quality printing process, where gelatin is applied to a glass plate.
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Mount 15.5x11 inches
Photo Date 1896 Print Date 1896
Dimensions 9 x 9 in. (229 x 229 mm)
Photo Country Japan
Photographer Country Japan
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