History of Photography in China, 1842-1860

Terry Bennett, History of Photography in China, 1842-1860, London: Bernard Quaritch, 2013, 242 p.  (1st edition : 2009).

(…)  Early chapters introduce the historical milieu from which the earliest Chinese photographers emerged and illuminate the beginnings of photography in China and contemporary Chinese reactions to its introduction. Early Chinese commercial photography – both portrait and landscape – are also discussed with reference to similar genres in a more international context. Individual chapters are devoted to Chinese photographers in Peking, Hong Kong, Canton, Shanghai, Foochow, Amoy, Hankow, Tientsin and other ports, Macau and Formosa. These are followed by a series of appendices: writings on photography in China by John Thomson and Isaac Taylor Headland and an invaluable guide to the identification of photographs from the Afong Studio. It concludes with an extensive bibliography, general and regional chronologies, and a biographical index.


Reviewed by Oliver Moore dans Trans Asia Photography review Volume 1, Issue 1, Fall 2010.

Academic interest in the history of photography was noticeably overdue by 1900. Alfred Lichtwark, the influential director of Hamburg’s Kunsthalle, believed in the need “to devote to photography a special detailed chapter,” but he proposed it to be inscribed within any new discussion of nineteenth century painting. Read the full text on  Trans Asia Photography.


  • OldChinaPhotography  http://www.oldchinaphotography.com/, page visited on 3 September 2014. This site is for historical photography only; the cut-off date is 1911 – the end of the Qing Dynasty.
  • Terry Bennett, Korea Caught in Time, Reading, UK : Garnet Publishing, 2009, xiv, 144 p. Reviewed by Martina Deuchler Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
    Vol. 62, No. 1 (1999) , p. 185-186. Full text available on JSTOR : http://www.jstor.org/stable/3107455
  • Other publications of Terry Bennett via SUDOC . Book available at bibliothèque du musée du Quai Branly.

Léa Daures

Léa Daures (historienne de formation) est apprentie-documentaliste à l'École des Bibliothécaires Documentalistes (http://www.ebd.fr) et travaille en alternance au sein de l'UMR Chine, Corée, Japon.

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