The 19th Century Rare Book & Photograph Shop, New York, will feature a large selection of works by the Pun Lun Studio, a leading Chinese photography studio that began as a portrait painting studio. That aesthetic experience is evident in the artistic and technical mastery of its photographs, some of them finely hand-colored. Wen Dinan, the son of the studio’s founder, learned the art of photography during the reign of Emperor Tongzhi (1861-1875). Shortly after, Pun Lun Studio offered this new art form to clients of the portrait studio. The Pun Lun Studio became one of the first Chinese commercial photography studios, continuing to produce photographs from 1864 through the turn of the 20th century. Pun Lun Studio’s geographical reach was unparalleled with branches in Hong Kong, Foochow (Fuzhou), Saigon, and Singapore.
The Photography Show presented by AIPAD
May 20 – May 22, 2022
415 Fifth Avenue, between 37th and 38th Streets, New York City