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Among the Celestials
China in Early Photographs

Ferry Bertholet and Lambert van der Aalsvoort; With an introduction by Régine Thiriez

The flourishing of photography as a medium in the mid-19th century coincided with a rise in curiosity about China on the part of the Western world.  As the number of foreigners living and traveling in China increased, early photographs of China were taken by and for an international audience. Among the Celestials assembles 250 fascinating images of China in the second half of the 19th century and first half of the 20th, captured by the Western camera lens. The photographs portray the gritty side of the country as well as stunning views of palaces, temples, harbors, and gardens. This juxtaposition of the sordid and the serene provides a multidimensional picture of China’s physical and social landscape before Mao Zedong’s ascent to pow...


2014   224 pp.  250 color illus.   -   Cloth ISBN: 9780300196566  $65.00 sc

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