Imperial China : Photographs 1850-1912
China was virtually closed to visitors from the West until the middle of the nineteenth century. Its opening coincided with the advent of the camera, which gives the early photographs included in this book a double feeling of discovery, of the landscape and its people, and of the potentiality of the new medium. The camera was a curious witness to the capture of the forbidden city of Peking in 1860, to the beauty and treasures of the Summer Palace, to the execution of criminals in Canton, to...[Show more]
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