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.
The Chinese Jin Shisheng was an avant-garde photographer in 1930s Shanghai, while being a celebrated professor at Tongji University College of Architecture and Urban Planning.
The enormous world-wide film industry today pumps out stars at a record rate. Or so it seems. Just under a century ago, Shanghai was poised to witness the emergence of an extraordinary film industry that produced a huge number of famous figures in tandem with its great volume of films. One of these famous figures was the legendary actress HU DIE (Butterfly Wu), who came to fame in Shanghai in the Republican era (1912-1949). “Hu Die” is the stage name of Hu Ruihua (1908-1989) who was born in Shanghai, and raised across China as the family travelled with her father, who worked for the railroad company. Her fame and popularity were such that she is described as one of a handful of actresses who made a major contribution to the film industry; and to the modernizing society that was Shanghai in the 1920s and 1930s.
In the 1920s, Hu Die emerged just as a new accent on realism in film saw women permitted to play lead female roles for the first time. Hu Die’s roles included aunt, mother, teacher, prostitute, celebrity, and working woman. She was the star of China’s first talking picture, Songstress Red Peony, 1931, and the first to wow audiences with martial arts skills. Her sophisticated acting skills and fine temperament earned her widespread popularity among local audiences, such that in 1933 Hu Die was publicly anointed “Queen of the Movies”. Today, Hu Die is still credited as one of the best actresses of early cinema in China.
Artfully riding the turning tides of the era, in 1935, Hu Die was invited to play the role of cultural ambassador being chosen to be part of a Chinese delegation to tour the USSR, beginning with the Moscow International Film Festival and on to Europe. The role of cultural ambassador, together with dispatches from her travels published at home in China, propelled Hu Die’s reputation to new heights. Following her marriage in November 1935, Hu Die continued to make films through the 1960s. She settled in Canada in 1967 where she passed the remainder of her life with her family.
“Butterfly Wu: Queen of the Movies” presents more than 200 photographs selected from the Poon family collection by Zheng Shengtian, Adjunct Director of the Institute of Asian Art at Vancouver Art Gallery. These photographs were originally collected and preserved by the actress and covering several decades of her acting career together with others from her personal life and travels. To film buffs in Shanghai and beyond, Hu Die will always be remembered as the original Shanghai’s Queen of the Movies.
“Butterfly Wu: Queen of the Movies. A Biography in Photography"
Until 18 March, 2018
Shanghai Center of Photography (SCôP)
2555-1 Longteng Avenue, Shanghai, China (near Fenggu Road)
Watch rare footages of Shanghai during the Sino-Japanese War of 1937–1945.
Fritz Weiss was a German consul to China who lived and travelled in China from 1899 to 1917 with his wife Hedwig Weiss-Sonnenburg.
Discover the distinctive online materials of the Asian Art Museum Chong-Moon Lee Center for Asian Art and Culture (USA).
Rollin Chamberlin was an American professor of geology who undertook an exploratory trip through China in 1909-1910.
The T.C. Chamberlin Collection consists of 726 beautiful black-and-white photos from the College Archives’ Chamberlin Collection. These photos were taken by Rollin Chamberlin during an exploratory trip through China in 1909-1910 as part of the Oriental Educational Investigation Commission. T.C. Chamberlin was a graduate of Beloit (class of 1866), a professor and president of the University of Wisconsin, professor at University of Chicago and Geologist of the United States. He took the trip with his son, Rollin T. Chamberlin, who was a University of Chicago professor and prominent geologist. There are many fascinating and striking photos in this collection.
The collection also contains six diaries written by Rollin Chamberlin that provide details and insights into the trip and the Chamberlins' responses to the sights and people they encountered. Each diary is full-text searchable. Transcripts of each page can be seen by choosing "page description" or "page & text" from the drop-down menu when viewing one of the diaries. In addition, look for links to related photographs from the broader collection on "page description" screens.
More information: Beloit College Digital Collections
The retired professional photographer Wang Qiuhang has been collecting assiduously a variety of vintage photographs – mainly but not exclusively of women.