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Loewentheil Photography of China Collection

Dragon Women: Early Chinese Photography

Dragon Women: Early Chinese Photography celebrates the Year of the Dragon and the representation of women in the earliest photography of China. The exhibition is the first exhibition devoted to the depiction of Chinese women in early photography. The 50 photographs include the first photographic portraits of Chinese women, most made in the 1860s and 1870s. The exhibition examines women’s place in society in the late Qing dynasty and their depiction in historical photography of China.  The exhibition also presents work by the few known early female photographers of China.

Highlights include a rare photograph by the first known Chinese female photographer, Mae Linda Talbot, and works by Hedda Morrison and Isabella Bird. Masterworks abound including photographs by Chinese and international artists such as Sze Yuan Ming Studio, Pun Lun Studio, A Chan Studio, Lai Fong, John Thomson, and Thomas Child. The exhibition showcases the diversity of Chinese women and their experiences during the final decades of imperial China.

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Portrait of Women from Amoy
Portrait of Women from Amoy
Portrait of a Woman and Child
Portrait of a Woman and Child
Portrait of Empress Dowager Cixi
Portrait of Empress Dowager Cixi
Portrait of a Chinese Girl
Portrait of a Chinese Girl
Manchu Women
Manchu Women
Portrait of a Woman
Portrait of a Woman
Life on the Creek, Gungazhou
Life on the Creek, Gungazhou
Gala Headdress
Gala Headdress
Women in Horse Drawn Cart
Women in Horse Drawn Cart
Composite Photograph of Many Chinese Women
Composite Photograph of Many Chinese Women
Women Carding and Spinning Fabric Zikawei
Women Carding and Spinning Fabric Zikawei
Group Portrait of Women
Group Portrait of Women
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