Category Archives: Photograph of the day

Hong Kong in the early 1920s

We have just gone live with a collection of 82 photographs taken or acquired by Francis Alexander (Frank) Davidson, who arrived in Hong Kong in the autumn of 1921, fresh from vet school in Edinburgh, and who worked as veterinary surgeon … Continue reading

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Paul French on Jessfield Park, Shanghai: A Brief, and Probably Mostly Apocryphal, History

In the first of our new series of guest blogs Paul French, writer and prolific blogger, reflects on on the history of what was formerly one of Shanghai’s largest parks. Most recently the author of a new Penguin China Special, Betrayal … Continue reading

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Dancing in Peking on St Patrick’s day

The blog plays catch-up, as it is Oxford University’s Professor of Art History, Craig Clunas, who spotted that we have a St Patrick’s day photograph (Ph04-092), and has tweeted it via his ever-interesting twitter-feed @CraigClunas. This is a spring picnic — … Continue reading

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Still feverish

A recent trip to Shanghai reminds me how popular the rediscovery of historic photographs of China remains. Here in one shop on Fuzhou lu, Shanghai’s bookstore street, is a good stash of Lao Zhaopian magazine, which sparked off the ‘Lao … Continue reading

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Flooding in China

This winter will be remembered in the UK for extensive flooding.  Floods in China are on a vastly different scale, the Yellow River having the solemn sobriquet ‘China’s Sorrow’.  There are many photographs of various floods in HPC collections.  It … Continue reading

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The time in between

A guest blog from Alejandro Acin: I sometimes feel that street photography has become just a game where photographers try to create simple easy to understood messages in standalone photographs often meant to be amusing. There are many exceptions of … Continue reading

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On the British perimeter

Valentine’s Day approaches and look-seeing is in the air.  Most probably taken in 1937, this photograph by Malcolm Rosholt, has a certain tension that may have mirrored the tension of a city at war, or on a war footing.

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Year of the Horse at BMAG

龍馬精神 The Chinese new year galloped in at the Bristol Museum and Art Gallery over the weekend.  Canton Camera was exhibited, among many other celebrations.  The atmosphere was great (there were over 9,000 visitors) and the Mayor announced his intention … Continue reading

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Happy New Year 新年快樂

Say goodbye to the aged Year of the Snake – and hello to the new year. Best wishes for the Year of the Horse to all friends of ‘Visualising China’. 馬年大吉

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Chess in Canton

The Wellcome Institute announced recently that all historical images that are out of copyright and held by Wellcome Images are being made freely available under the Creative Commons Attribution licence.  Search for, download and study images by, for example, John … Continue reading

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