Among the Celestials: China in Early Photographs (Mercatorfonds)

Bertholet, Ferdinand M., van der Aalsvoort, Lambert

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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. This book assembles 250 images of China in the second half of the 19th century and first half of the 20th, captured by the Western camera lens. Series: Mercatorfonds. Num Pages: 224 pages, 250 color illus. BIC Classification: 1FPC; 3JH; 3JJ; AJC. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 262 x 308 x 28. Weight in Grams: 1852. . 2014. Hardcover. . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory #

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Synopsis: 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. Impressions of a Lost World 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 power changed the country forever. The photographs, many published here for the first time, are both beautiful and moving, and together offer a new understanding of a social and cultural history associated with a time of significant historical change. 

Book Description: With photographs ranging from the sordid to the serene, this publication provides a multidimensional picture of China?s physical and social landscape before Mao Zedong changed the country forever.

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