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The History of Photography in China : A Fellows’ Presentation Series

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The History of Photography in China : A Fellows’ Presentation Series

Time: March 24, 2010 from 4pm to 4pm
Location: Radcliffe Gymnasium, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
Street: 10 Garden Street
City/Town: Radcliffe Yard, Cambridge, MA 02138
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Phone: Cambridge (USA) 617-495-8601
Event Type: meeting
Organized By: Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
Latest Activity: Mar 18, 2010

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As part of her fellowship at the Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Claire Roberts (Australian National University/Powerhouse Museum (Australia) will be conducting research for a book that explores the history of photography in China. Since its introduction in the 1840s, photography has become a complex, culturally inflected medium, used for a variety of public and private purposes, and is today a powerful and pervasive form of visuality in China. While many books have been written about photography and China, there is no historical overview of photography in China from the 1840s to the present focusing on the work of Chinese and non-Chinese photographers. Her research will focus on important archival collections in the US and China, many of them hitherto neglected by researchers.

This presentation by Ms Roberts on 'Photography and China' forms part of the Fellows' Presentation Series of meetings.

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Comment by Michael Wong on March 18, 2010 at 18:02
P.S. For those interested in this region, there is an excellent reference book published last year entitled 'History of Photography in China 1842-1860' by Terry Bennett. It also includes important new information on the life of Felix Beato.
Can't wait for the next installment !

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