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Sanshichiro Yamamoto, Beijing

  • S. Yamamoto, peking

Sanshichiro Yamamoto, (1855 to 1943) Peking was a Japanese photographer, born in Okayama Prefecture. He had a photography studio in Shibahikage-cho (near present day Shimbashi Station) in Tokyo, Japan, from 1882 to about 1897. When news of the Boxer Uprising swept the world, he quickly went to Peking to photograph the historic activities of foreign troops in the capital, including the Japanese. After photographing the aftermath in Peking, he finally settled down in Tientsin (Tianjin) and opened his third photographic studio (Yamamoto Shōzō Kan or Yamamoto Syozo House), from where he sold photographs, souvenir photobooks and coloured post cards, taken in and around Beijing and North China1. His photos captured not just tourist scenes, but also scenes of daily life in China2. In 1906 he published and edited Peking, an album of photographs, containing photographs of Beijing and its suburbs in the end of Qing period, showing historic places like Summer Palace, Lama Temple, Ming Tombs, along with photos of people at that time.

Ernest Youens

Dartford, Kent, England

  • YOUENS DARTFORD

Ernest Christopher Youens, (1856 to 1933) photographer and antiquarian, 17 Tower Road, Dartford. Youens was part of an enterprising and artistic family who lived in Dartford. He worked for the family firm as a basket maker and, in about 1897, decided to seek a living as a photographer. He took portrait photos and also built up a collection of local photos, which he offered for sale. The chance discovery of the old Dartford stocks in March 1906 prompted Mr Youens to write a letter to the Dartford Chronicle stressing the importance of preserving local antiquities and suggesting that a town museum should be established for this purpose, a proposal that resulted in the establishment of a museum open to the public3. Youens was the first curator of the museum4.

Young and Carl

Cincinnati, Ohio, USA

  • Young and Carl, Photo.

Young and Carl, 279½ Vine at Seventh Street, Cincinnati, were established in 1893 and closed in 19295. They advertised as exclusive makers of the Tiffanytone photos in Cincinnati and featured Celluloid Finish on their photographs. Their photographs of Cincinnati featured in postcards published by James K Stewart (qv) Helmlinger and Company and, in the divided-back era, by the Ohio Post Card Co.

1https://www.hpcbristol.net/photographer/yamamoto-sanshichiro

2https://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/18551783_photos-of-peking-by-sanshichiro-yamamoto

3 https://www.dartford.gov.uk/by-category/leisure-and-culture2/museums-and-galleries/history-of-dartford-museum-a-long-and-varied-history

4 https://www.nwkfhs.org.uk/images/online_articles/youens.pdf

5https://www.cincinnatiartmuseum.org/about/blog/behind-the-scenes-in-conservation-damaged-photograph/