Early color photography gallery

The pictures, which date from between 1863 and 1877, were taken by Felice Beato and are among the earliest examples of coloured photography ever produced.

Beato, who is widely considered to be one of the world’s first photojournalists, was living in Yokohama at the time and used his stint in Japan to photograph a wide range of subjects, among them courtesans, geisha and simple scenes documenting everyday life.

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