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Beato and Early China Photography @ The Getty

For those BPH members with a taste for the Orient, you will be pleased to know that The Getty will be holding two special exhibitions in the near future.

The first is entitled "Felice Beato: A Photographer on the Eastern Road". Establishing premier photographic studios in Yokohama, Japan, and Mandalay, Burma, Beato produced topographical and architectural views, portraits and studies of local life intended for Western audiences. The Museum's 2007 acquisition of more than 800 Beato photographs is the impetus and foundation for this exhibition—the first devoted to his oeuvre—represented through a selection of about 130 works.

The second exhibit includes images ranging from an 1859 portrait of a Chinese family made near Shanghai to glass slides of revolutionary soldiers created in 1911 in Shanxi province. Entitled "Brush and Shutter: Early Photography in China", the collection features works by largely unknown Chinese photographers, hand-painted photographs, expansive panoramas, and rare gouache and oil paintings made for export.

Further details including exhibition dates etc will be posted in this BPH blog as soon as they are available. So do keep checking!

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