A recent acquisition by the Miami University Art Museum shows the studio practice and commercial acumen as revealed by an early portfolio published by Italian-British photographer Felice Beato (1832-1909). In 1863 Beato arrived in Yokohama, Japan's first open treaty port, at the beginning of great political and cultural change. Reproduced in many newspapers and travel publications, his portraits, genre works, landscapes and cityscapes helped shape non-European notions of Japan into the early 20th century.
Our lecturer, Robert S. Wicks (Ph.D.), is professor of Art History at Miami University in Oxford, OH and director of the Miami University Art Museum. He was a Fulbright lecturer at Silpakorn University in Bangkok, Thailand and a Visiting Professor of Asian Studies at Kansai Gaidai University in Osaka, Japan.