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Walter Clutterbuck Studio
Native Fishing Boats at Naha, Okinawa [Ryukyu Islands]
158 x 206mm
Images and text courtesy of Terry Bennett (Old Japan - www.old-japan.co.uk - EB-0100)
A beautiful platinum print image in excellent condition. Nineteenth-century photographs of Okinawa are extremely rare. This photograph was taken by the early pictorialist photographer, Walter Clutterbuck (1853-1937) during his December 1898 - January 1899 stay in Okinawa. Clutterbuck was a wealthy amateur photographer, plant-collector and traveller. He also authored several books on travel. The only other known example of this image is in a smaller format (83x65mm approx.) and held by the Okinawa Prefectural Museum. Clutterbuck was influenced by Robert Demachy and his work featured in many exhibitions.