Adolfo Farsari (1841–1898) 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.
His photographic work was highly regarded, particularly his hand-coloured
portraits and landscapes, which he sold mostly to foreign residents and
visitors to the country. Farsari's images were widely distributed, presented
or mentioned in books and periodicals, and sometimes recreated by artists in
other media; they shaped foreign perceptions of the people and places of
Japan and to some degree affected how Japanese saw themselves and their
country. His studio – the last notable foreign-owned studio in Japan – was
one of the country's largest and most prolific commercial photographic
firms. Largely due to Farsari's exacting technical standards and his
entrepreneurial abilities it had a significant influence on the development
of photography in Japan.
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