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The first photographs of Hong Kong, the Second Opium War, and Beijing, Felice Beato in 1860

Felice Beato (born in Venice in 1832 and died in Florence in 1909) was an Italian-British photographer among the first to take photographs in East … Read more

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Wild, Wild East: Interview with Photographer Daniel Lee Postaer

Daniel Lee Postaer is an American artist/photographer. Born in Chicago and raised in Southern California by a Chinese mother and American father, Daniel recently graduated … Read more

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Interview with French photographer Boris Wilensky: Hurban Vortex

Boris Wilensky is a 45-year-old French storytelling photographer. He captured his first frames in the hip-hop music scene by taking portraits of artist such as Kool … Read more

The colors of China: 30 years of China's history in pictures
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The colors of China: 30 years of China’s history in pictures

The images of Weng Naiqiang, a veteran photographer, tell marginal but significant episodes of Chinese daily life that intertwine with the great historical moments and … Read more

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20 glamorous Hong Kong girl images by Celebi

Fashion photographer Akif Hakan Celebi, an American of Turkish origin, currently doing a personal project shooting Hong Kong girls in Hong Kong and also in … Read more

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The Island Pagoda, about 1871

Pagoda on an island in the River Min near Fuzhou, China, taken by John Thomson (1837-1921) in about 1871, published in 1873 in the book … Read more

Working Conditions in China
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Manufacturing: Striking Burtynsky Images on Working Conditions in China

Working Conditions in China – In the southern province of Guangdong, one can drive for hours along numerous highways that reveal a virtually unbroken landscape of factories and workers’ dormitories.

These new ‘manufacturing landscapes’ in the southern and eastern parts of China produce more and more of the world’s goods and have become the habitat for a diverse group of companies and millions of busy workers. Pick up almost any commonly used product and you won’t be surprised to find that it was made in China. It is here that 90 percent of your Christmas decorations are made, 29 percent of color television sets, 75 percent of the world’s toys, 70 percent of all cigarette lighters, and probably every T-shirt in your closet. The hard drive for your iPod mini was made in the city of Guiyang (Guizhou). Located in China’s poorest province, Guiyang is more noted for its poverty than for making state-of-the-art one-inch hard drives. Working the assembly lines, China’s youthful peasant population is quickly abandoning traditional extended-family village life, leaving the monotony of agricultural work and subsistence income behind for a chance at independence.

Inexpensive labor from the countryside, important as it is to China’s growth as a trading nation, is one major facet of its success. Just as important is a rising industrial production capability. China now plays a central role in the global supply chain for the world’s multinational corporations. Wal-Mart alone outsourced $15 billion US in manufacturing, making the company (if it were a country) China’s eighth-largest trading partner. Altogether, nearly half of China’s foreign trade is tied to foreign-invested enterprises in China. This investment stimulated managerial, organizational, and technical expertise that China has fully integrated into its business model. Since the early 1990s, more than one-half trillion U.S. dollars have flowed into this country’s manufacturing sector, mainly from its Asian neighbors; Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea, Japan, and Singapore, and then additionally from North America and Europe. China has moved up the manufacturing ladder and today exports an increasingly sophisticated array of products. Its manufacturing future rests not just in being able to absorb technology but also in becoming an innovator and a source for new technology.

Edward Burtynsky

Nature transformed through industry is a predominant theme in Edward Burtynsky’s work. Recycling yards, mine tailings, quarries, and refineries are all places that are outside of our normal experience, yet we partake of their output on a daily basis. These images are meant as metaphors to the dilemma of our modern existence; they search for a dialogue between attraction and repulsion, seduction, and fear. Edward Burtynsky has an impressive cv. He won many awards and honors (Planet in Focus Media/Industry Eco-Hero Award; ICP Infinity Award, Art category, International Center of Photography, New York; Prix Pictet, London, U.K., Nomination & Short Listed, 3 honorary degrees, Officer of the Order of Canada, TED prize, etc). Edward Burtynsky is known as one of Canada’s most respected photographers. His remarkable photographic depictions of global industrial landscapes are included in the collections of over fifty major museums around the world, including the National Gallery of Canada, the Bibliotèque Nationale in Paris, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Guggenheim Museum in New York.

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David Gamble - old images of China - chinese children
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China through the lenses of David Gamble: 40 images

David Gamble (Cincinnati, 1890 – Sydney, 1968), the grandson of James Gamble, founder of Procter & Gamble in 1837, visited China for four periods doing Christian social work for the Y.M.C.A and conducting social surveys.

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He is now best known for his remarkable photographs of Beijing and North China.

Gamble first toured in 1908 accompanying his parents, then after graduating from Princeton in 1912, studied labor and industrial economics at the University of California, Berkeley, spending six months on a fellowship working at a reform school for delinquent boys. At this time, he built the house which became known as the Sidney D. Gamble House.

In 1917, he joined the work of Princeton-in-Peking and the Peking YMCA where his Princeton friend John Stewart Burgess invited him to do the surveys which resulted in Peking: A Social Survey, which included more than fifty photographs. In 1919 Gamble was on hand to capture dramatic photographs of the May Fourth student demonstrations. The motto of the May Fourth Movement, “To save China through science and democracy,” and the missionary ideal of “Saving China through Christianity” for a time seemed to be united. When he returned with his bride, Elizabeth Lowe, to China in 1924, he used his family resources to hire a team of Chinese researchers to survey 283 families. The book was published in 1933 as How Chinese Families Live in Peiping (as Peking was then called). In 1926, Gamble traveled for three weeks in the Soviet Union with Sherwood Eddy, a longtime mentor.

As China became more and more inflamed by patriotic agitation and warlord fighting, he found hope in the Ting Hsien Experiment in Rural Reconstruction conducted by James Yen’s Mass Education Movement. In 1931-32 Gamble traveled to China for the fourth and final time to organize the surveys which he used for three more detailed volumes, Ting Hsien: A North China Rural Community (1954) and North China Villages (1963). Chinese Village Plays, published in 1970, after his death, give translations based on unique transcriptions of now lost village yang ko plays, which differ from the later dances.

Jonathan Spence concludes of Gamble that his “findings were open-minded, clear-headed, methodologically intelligent (though not always beyond criticism by scholars of different views), startlingly imaginative, and — when presented in photographic form — vigorous, ebullient, unsentimental, and starkly, yet never cruelly, illustrative of the deep and real suffering that lay at the heart of China’s long revolution.” [Wikipedia]

Rescued Slave Girls

Rescued Slave Girls ; 1917 – 1919

Industrial Training

Industrial Training – between 1917 and 1919

Yellow Lama Priest

Yellow Lama Priest ; 1917 – 1919

between 1917 and 1919

between 1917 and 1919

Chinese kids 1917 - 1919

1917 – 1919

The Temple Court — Quiet Save for the Tinkle of the Wind

The Temple Court — Quiet Save for the Tinkle of the Wind ; 1917 – 1919

The Slaughter House Sign, Pig Bladders

The Slaughter House Sign, Pig Bladders ; 1917 – 1919

The Peking Chinese Young Men's Christian Association

The Peking Chinese Young Men’s Christian Association ; 1917 – 1919

The foundlings' home

The foundlings’ home ; 1917 – 1919

he Five Teachers, Christ, Lao Tze, Confucius and

The Five Teachers, Christ, Lao Tze, Confucius and … John Howard ; 1917 – 1919

Chinese children
Teng Shih K'ou Church

Teng Shih K’ou Church ; 1917 – 1919

The Blind Working for the Blind

The Blind Working for the Blind ; 1917 – 1919

Student Guard at Government Law School, the Student Jail

Student Guard at Government Law School, the Student Jail ; 1917 – 1919

Sure of One Hot Meal on a Cold Day

Sure of One Hot Meal on a Cold Day ; 1917 – 1919


STITCHING SOLES ; 1917 – 1919

Rickshaw Shelter

Rickshaw Shelter ; 1917 – 1919

Spreading Modern Ideas Among the Common People

Spreading Modern Ideas Among the Common People ; 1917 – 1919

Reform School Dormitory

Reform School Dormitory ; 1917 – 1919

Prostitutes' Advertising

Prostitutes’ Advertising ; 1917 – 1919

Beijing walls

Beijing walls, 1917-1919

Peking Model Prison

Peking Model Prison, the First of 39 in China ; 1917 – 1919

Old China images
Chinese Old Style Prison

Old Style Prison ; 1917 – 1919

Old China photographs
National Teachers' College, the Forge

National Teachers’ College, the Forge ; 1917 – 1919

Old China pictures
Making Match Boxes - Model Prison Workshop

Making Match Boxes. Model Prison Workshop ; 1917 – 1919

Industrial Training

Industrial Training; shop practice ; 1917 – 1919

Industrial Education. National Teachers' College

Industrial Education. National Teachers’ College ; 1917 – 1919

Old China images
Photographs of old China
Student Demonstrations, June 4th and 5th, 1919

Student Demonstrations, June 4th and 5th, 1919

Arrested Students Going to Jail, 1919

Arrested Students Going to Jail, 1919

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