In this volume, Anne Lacoste offers an ample overview of Beato’s career, tracing his development as a photographer and situating his work within the historical context of late-nineteenth-century Asia; sidebar texts illuminate such subjects as Beato’s masterful technique and his innovative Japanese albums. Lacoste’s judicious critical and biographical survey is complemented by the noted critic Fred Ritchin’s thought-provoking essay examining the relevance of Beato’s pioneering war photography to the image-saturated media culture of today. Readers will also find captivating period ephemera and a full chronology.
Table of Contents
- Foreword, David Bomford
- Note to the Reader
- Felice Beato: A Photographer on the Eastern Road, Anne Lacoste
- Portfolio: Plates 1–80
- Felice Beato and the Photography of War, Fred Ritchin
- Portfolio: Plates 81–120
- Selected Chronology
- Appendix: Facsimiles of the Henry Hering Catalogue
- Selected Bibliography
About the Authors
Anne Lacoste is an assistant curator of photographs at the J. Paul Getty Museum.
Fred Ritchin is a former photograph editor of the New York Times Magazine and is a professor of photography and imaging at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.