Exhibition Listing 836
Pierre Joseph Rossier, born in 1829 in Grandsivaz, Swiss Canton of Fribourg, was a professional photographer who travelled between 1858 and 1862 in India, China, in the Philippines, Japan, and Thailand on behalf of the London firm Negretti & Zambra.
Until recently, Rossier's photographs had been all but forgotten and none of his images of the Far East has yet been found in Switzerland. Reaching Japan in June 1859, his photographs were made available to the Western public in 1860. The 66 stereoscopic photographs he took in Japan are exceptionally rare, and no complete set has so far been traced.
In the context of the 150th anniversary of Swiss-Japan relations in 2014, the Swiss anthropologist Philippe Dallais launched a research project dedicated to reconstruct and study the Rossier Japan’s stereoview series of which 60 were recovered from several collections around the world. The images were digitized and put together in a dynamic 3D slideshow. This is the first time to display 1859-1860 Bakumatsu Japan in 3D using modern technology and a large screen.
The exhibition unveils Rossier’s China work and reveals the oldest views of Yokohama and Nagasaki, as well as a unique selection of larger format photographs taken in Thailand in 1861 and 1862. Back in Fribourg end of 1862, he opened his own studio. The exhibition concludes with his earliest views of Fribourg, including a 3D slideshow.