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The Premise of Fidelity
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The Premise of Fidelity: Science, Visuality, and Representing the Real in Nineteenth-Century Japan

Maki Fukuoka


This book puts forward a new history of Japanese visuality through an examination of the discourses and practices surrounding the nineteenth-century transposition of “the real” in the decades before photography was introduced. This intellectual history is informed by a careful examination of a network of local scholars—from physicians to farmers to bureaucrats—known as Shōhyaku-sha. In their archival materials, these scholars used the term shashin (which would, years later, come to signify “photography” in Japanese) in a wide variety of medical, botanical, and pictorial practices. They pursued ... More

Keywords: science, visuality, real, Japan, Shōhyaku-sha, shashin, photography, art, scholars

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780804777902
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804777902.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Maki Fukuoka, author