Gyotaku: Japanese Fish Prints

There is a common misconception that art and science aren’t linked. Before the invention of photography in ≈1819, our only visual means of preserving observations were through drawings and prints.

Although in Japan gyotaku (fish prints) was used primarily for egotistical purposes as trophies, it was a unique medium for capturing an accurate likeness of a fish. To me processes like this, exploring what things are and how they work, sparked the beginning of natural philosophy – aka science.

Enjoy this short video, which explains more about the gyotaku process…


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