Eleanor Hight publishes new book, September, 2011
Capturing Japan in Nineteenth-Century New England Photography Collections
by Eleanor M. Hight
Ashgate Publishing, 2011
excerpt from book cover: Capturing Japan in Nineteenth-Century New England Photography Collections examines the evidence left behind from a famous first encounter--that of prominent New England Americans with the remnants of feudal Japan in the 1870s and 1880s. The study reveals that, despite these Americans' varied reasons for travelling to Japan and studying it's culture, a common desire united all of their collecting activities: to gather photographic documentation of a Japan they believed was disappearing under the pressures of trade and industrialization.