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Picturing the Chinese: Early Western Photographs and Postcards of China

Picturing the Chinese: Early Western Photographs and Postcards of China

叢書CATALPA SERIES
作者Grace Lau
出版社三聯書店(香港)有限公司
出版日期2008/09/30
ISBN9789620427800
版次184
分類近代史
定價 HK$180
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簡介

A new look at old photographs, Picturing the Chinese shows historical events in China that for most readers have existed until now only in words: the Opium War, the Boxer Rebellion, the opening of Chinese ports to Western missionaries and tourists. Here are documentary and landscape photographs, studio portraits and picture postcards, all chosen from private collections, archives and libraries in Shanghai, London, Paris and Boston. Beautifully captured on camera by such renowned photographers as John Thomson and Felice Beato, the subject matter ranges from military engagements and panoramas of Beijing to Chinese courtesans and convicts.

These eloquent photographs are accompanied by an enthralling historical account which relates the new technology of vision, as it was then, to the imperialist penetration of China by the West, weaving together such fascinating themes as chinoiserie and the hidden cultural biases of the viewers. The result is a rich interplay of word and image that will inform and engage the general reader no less than the China specialist or student of photography.

作者簡介

A practising photographer, artist and lecturer, Grace Lau was born in London of Chinese parentage. She has exhibited widely, including at the National Portrait Gallery and Photofusion, London. A retrospective of her photography work appears in her first book "Adults in Wonderland." In the course of writing "Picturing the Chinese", she received a grant from Arts Council England to recreate a nineteenth-century Chinese portrait studio in the seaside town of Hastings, England, and to take portraits of present-day 'types' in an echo of early Western photographs of the Chinese. A selection of these protraits was shown at "How We Are", the 2007 Tate Britian exhibition on the history of British photography

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