ESAKI Reiji (1845-1910) was a Japanese photographer, who opened a studio in Tokyo in 1871.  Esaki Reiji was the first Japanese photographer to use dry plate negatives, which he imported in 1883.  He succeeded in photographing fireworks in 1889.  Another famous work is a photo collage of 1,700 babies created in 1893.  Source: http://photoguide.jp/txt/ESAKI_Reiji.