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Pieces of China in Bristol – cataloguing Historical Photographs of China material

Jamie Carstairs has recently catalogued the ‘Historical Photographs of China’ material held in Special Collections, University of Bristol Library. In this post, he describes the material in outline and mentions some highlights. During the fifteen years of the Historical Photographs … Continue reading

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Revisiting Darwent's Shanghai

Our pop-up exhibition, ‘Darwent Revisited: Shanghai now and then’, is unveiled on Saturday 9th February, at the Bristol City Museum, and then on Sunday 10th February at the city’s new M-Shed museum.  Funded by the AHRC and the British Academy, It … Continue reading

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Studio portrait of a Chinese woman

This striking photograph (JC-s037), with strong diagonals in the style of Alexander Rodchenko, may well be the work of an unidentified Chinese studio photographer working in the racy, cosmopolitan Shanghai of the 1930s. The precise combination printing and the masterly … Continue reading

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Photos within photos

This photograph (Fu-n548), a study in pairs, was taken by Fu Bingchang on New Year’s Day 1946, in the Chinese Embassy in Moscow.  It depicts an unidentified Chinese official and, on the right, Chiang Ching-kuo.  Jiang Jingguo, was the son … Continue reading

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You press the button, we do the rest

Here then is ‘the rest’: at this Kodak Professional School in Shanghai in 1923, students are learning to spool and process negatives, enlarge, develop, fix and dry prints, then guillotine and dry mount them – the skilful practical application of … Continue reading

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