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Brush & Shutter: Early Photography in China

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Brush & Shutter: Early Photography in China

Time: February 8, 2011 to May 1, 2011
Location: JP Getty Museum, Getty Centre
Street: 1200 Getty Center Drive
City/Town: Los Angeles, California 90049
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Phone: LA: (310) 440-7300
Event Type: exhibition
Organized By: JP Getty Museum
Latest Activity: Nov 6, 2010

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Event Description

The exhibition features more than 100 works, culled primarily from the Getty Research Institute's strong holdings on the early history of photography in China. The works in the exhibition range from an 1859 portrait of a Chinese family made near Shanghai to glass slides of revolutionary soldiers created in 1911 in Shansi province.

Organized into five sections, the exhibition, which coincides with the beginning of the Chinese New Year of the Rabbit, includes works by Lai Afong and Tung Hing, two of the most notable Chinese photographers of the nineteenth century. Lai's specialty was the closely observed portrait group, while Hing was a master of Chinese landscape, excelling in extraordinary multipart photographic panoramas. Hing's six-part landscape of the Min River snaking through the city of Fuzhou exemplifies how Asian photographers drew upon the Chinese literati tradition of landscape scrolls for inspiration. Also notable are a series of photographs depicting street trades and goods made for Chinese export, and rare gouache and oil paintings made by Chinese painters, such as the Cantonese artist Tingqua, on loan to the exhibition from The Kelton Foundation in Los Angeles.

An exhibition catalogue will be available in February 2011.
Getty Publications, Hong Kong University Press. $45.

Photo: "Collage of many photographs." China, late 1800s. Anonymous. Albumen print. Research Library, The Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles

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