UK Research in History of Photography Receives International Recognition

Date: 12/01/2017

Dr Luke Gartlan, Senior Lecturer at the University of St Andrews, is to be awarded the prestigious Kreiner Award at the Hosei University Research Centre for Japanese Studies (HIJAS), in Tokyo.

The Kreiner Award is being given to Dr Gartlan for his recent monograph, A Career of Japan: Baron Raimund von Stillfried and Early Yokohama Photography (Brill, 2016), which was supported by AHRC Early Career research funding.

in-app image of Dr Luke Gartlan speaking

The book, A Career of Japan, is the first study of one of the most significant photographers of nineteenth-century Japan. A foreign-born photographer, Baron von Stillfried was a pioneer in the global trade of photography. Using new primary sources and unpublished documents, Dr Gartlan investigates the significance of Baron von Stillfried as a cultural mediator between Japan and Central Europe.

In response to this announcement, Dr Gartlan said,

"I am honoured to receive this award, which recognises the best book on a Japanese subject by a scholar aged under forty-five. Although this accolade brings much personal satisfaction, it also furnishes yet another example of the international esteem for UK scholarship in the humanities. As a recipient of the AHRC grant that enabled the completion of the book, I believe that this award underlines the value of supporting early career scholars and their aspirations".

Dr Gartlan will be travelling to Tokyo to receive the award and give a paper at the University later this month, and has been invited to give a public talk at the Austrian Embassy in Tokyo, also later this month.

photograph of a young Japanese lady by Baron von Raimund

Photograph of 'A Lady', courtesy of the State Library of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia.


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You can read more about Dr Gartlan's book on the Brill website.

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