Pow Kee was an important photography studio that was first active in Hankou in the late nineteenth century.
The Musée départemental Albert-Kahn (Boulogne-Billancourt, France) offers a digitized collection of autochromes taken around the world, including in China in the early-twentieth century. These photographs are part of the Archives de la Planète [Archives of the Planet]: a three-decade long privately funded project ended in 1931 that compiled a visual inventory of the world utilizing ground-breaking types of media from that time, namely autochrome and film.
Amongst the operators sent around the world on behalf of the Archives de la Planète was Stéphane Passet (1875-1941), who travelled across China, visiting and recording places such as Beijing (which composes a large part of the archive in China) and northern sites (Great Wall and Ming Tombs), Shenyang, Zhangjiakou, Qufu, Shanghai, places along the Yangtze River, and Taishan.
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This exhibition brings together 120 selected works by the leading figures in nineteenth-century photography in China, including the first visiting photographers and the earliest Chinese masters. Each photograph shown here is a pinnacle of the photographic art, a masterpiece worthy of study. Photographic art transports us through time and distance with an immediacy transcending the written word. It allows us to visit the people, places, and events of the past and offers a precise view of otherwise inaccessible people and places. This exhibition of original photographic art created in China captures the architecture of its historic cities, the monuments of revered ancestors, the faces of China's diverse peoples, and the legendary beauty of China, from its rivers to its mountains, from the Great Wall to the Forbidden City.
Exhibition Period: 27 November, 2018 – 31 March, 2019
Exhibition Venue: 3st Floor Exhibition Hall, Tsinghua University Art Museum
This article addresses the impact of photographs produced during campaigns of exploration in Northwest China during the transition period between the last decades of the nineteenth century and the early twentieth century. The author proposes to focus on an area that had experienced intense scrutiny, namely the oasis of Dunhuang. By scrutinizing the extensive photographic archive created during the French Mission Paul Pelliot (1906–08), this paper underlines the emergence of preservation and archaeological concerns, and the growing place of photography in academic disciplines like archaeology, while highlighting how these images interacted with local and international cultures. Addressing these questions is intended to help delineate the photographs’ visual grammar and to gauge their effect in (re)constituting China’s national heritage.
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Feng Keli is the founder and the editor-in-chief of “Old Photos,” a Chinese-language series of publications that collects images of the country’s modern history. Since 1996, these publications showcased countless family portraits taken during the 19th and 20th centuries. They allow us to catch a glimpse of the everyday lives of Chinese people during the course of the country’s tumultuous recent history. Feng Keli recently wrote several articles about these publications for Sixth Tone, an online publication that produces informed and insightful content on contemporary China.
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“If you want to understand the British story in China, you have to understand Robert Hart's contribution.” Robert Bickers, Professor of History, University of Bristol
Commissioned by Robert Bickers at the University of Bristol, ‘For China and the World’ explores the forgotten history of Britain in China from the 1850s to the early 1900s through the life of Sir Robert Hart, head of the Chinese Maritime customs for nearly 50 years. Filmed in Shanghai and Hart’s native Northern Ireland, the 30-minute HD film charts the turbulent beginning to China’s “Century of Humiliation”.
Producer Jeremy Routledge
Produced by Calling the Shots http://callingtheshots.co.uk/
The very first films of China present a surprising variety of daily life during the last decade of the Qing Dynasty. Shot by amateur foreign cameramen, they show the bustling street life of Shanghai’s Nanjing Road in 1900, and more intimate vignettes of ordinary Chinese in their homes and at work. These first fleeting images are part of a unique collection of early films at the British Film Institute (BFI), covering every facet of Chinese life from the time of the Boxer Rebellion to the Communist victory in 1949.
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Firmin Laribe was a French amateur photographer and military officer, a guard commander of the French Legation active in Beijing around the years 1904 and 1910.
The first London exhibition devoted to the Scottish photographer John Thomson (1837-1921) and his photography in Asia will be shown from 13 April - 23 June 2018 at the Brunei Gallery, SOAS.