[sumo] Old Sumo Picture

Philip Sherman philnorm at webtv.net
Thu Jun 14 12:27:27 EDT 2007


Gee,
 Quite a difference size wise. I am not a photographer, so could you tell me, in that day and age would the photo be taken using flash powder like you see in the movies depicting the western's?
 How would I go about (or anyone else) finding out who the rikishi's are?
Thanks for the info. Kurt.

PHIL


-----Original Message-----
From: Kurt Easterwood
Sent: Thursday, June 14, 2007 10:17 AM
To: Sumo Mailing List
Subject: Re: [sumo] Old Sumo Picture

This photo was taken by Baron Raimund von Stillfried-Ratenicz, an 
Austrian who ran a Yokohama photo studio in the 1870's. Interestingly, 
much of his "portraits" of various aspects of Japanese society were done 
with models, not actual samurai, farmers, etc., however in this case, 
given the chonmage, these look like actual rikishi. A slightly larger 
copy of the same photo can be seen here:
http://www.old-japan.co.uk/librarydetail.asp?id=1206

If you like this kind of thing, more photos can been seen at these links:

http://tinyurl.com/yqrt8n
http://tinyurl.com/27peke
http://oldphoto.lb.nagasaki-u.ac.jp/en/target.php?id=1260 (Stillfried)
http://oldphoto.lb.nagasaki-u.ac.jp/en/target.php?id=1261 (Stillfried)
http://oldphoto.lb.nagasaki-u.ac.jp/en/target.php?id=528
http://oldphoto.lb.nagasaki-u.ac.jp/en/target.php?id=2144
http://oldphoto.lb.nagasaki-u.ac.jp/en/target.php?id=2179
http://oldphoto.lb.nagasaki-u.ac.jp/en/target.php?id=2466
http://oldphoto.lb.nagasaki-u.ac.jp/en/target.php?id=3351
http://oldphoto.lb.nagasaki-u.ac.jp/en/target.php?id=3929 (Stillfried)
http://search.19cphoto.com/search/images.jsp?id=998463

Kurt
http://www.easterwood.org/gallery2/v/sumo/



Philip Sherman wrote:
> Jeff,
>  Never mind. I went back to the link you gave and got the photo article. Wow, the two rikishi sure look physically different in terms of body weight. 
> That is a clear photo for being taken so long ago.
> Thanks again.
>
> PHIL
>
>   
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