Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Brush & Shutter Early Photography In China

Portrait of Li Hongzhang in Tinjian in 1878

Contemporary Chinese photography has received increasing attention both within China and beyond however the origin of the photography in China is not fully understood.

Brush & Shutter Early Photography in China, takes its name from the way that the medium of photography was learned and readily adapted by Chinese Export Painters, who grafted this technology onto traditional conventions.

Representing the work of both Chinese and Western artists, the photographs in this exhibition range from a portrait of a Chinese Family taken in Shanghai in 1859 to unique glass slides of Revolutionary Soldiers in Shanxi Province.

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