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Thursday, 11 May 2017

Felice Beato (Felix Beato, 1832 – 29 January 1909), Italian-British Photographer, Corfu Links

From Wikipedia

"It is likely that early in his life Beato and his family moved to Corfu, at the time part of the British protectorate of the Ionian Islands, and so Beato was a British subject".

Some sites refer to him as an 'Anglo-Greek'

"Felix Beato, a Pioneer Photographer from Corfu", from Hello Corfu

"On 6 August 1873 Beato was appointed Consul General for Greece in Japan, a fact that possibly supports the case for his origins being in Corfu".

From the J. Paul Getty Museum -

"Felice Beato was the first photographer to devote himself entirely to photographing in Asia and the Near East. He photographed in Japan, India, Athens, Constantinople, the Crimea, and Palestine. He settled in Yokohama and from 1863 to 1877 made hundreds of ethnographic portraits and genre scenes in Japan. He eventually opened a furniture and curio business in Burma. Beato's photographic career was also long affiliated with images of war. He photographed the Opium War in China in 1860 and the Sudanese colonial wars in 1885. While in partnership with his brother-in-law James Robertson in the 1850s, Beato documented the Indian Mutiny and its aftermath. Their photographs are believed to be the first to show human corpses on a battlefield. Beato and Robertson were also among the earliest photographers to work in the Holy Land".

Felix Beato and James Robertson, Athens, 1855

Temple of Athena Nike, Athens

I wonder whether Felix Beato took any photographs in Corfu.

A Mosque in Turkey, 1855 (Mosquee du Sultan Mahmoud a Tophanna, c 1855).

Nusretiye Mosque, Tophane, Constantinople

Original Photographs, Photographic views of Lucknow taken after the Indian Mutiny, Brown University Library

Japanese Photographs, Nagasaki University Library

Photography of China

The Imperial Summer Palace, 1860

From the New York Public Libraries Digital Collections

A Social Meal

Stone Buddha

More, from The Red List

The Church of The Holy Sepulchre, 1857

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