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Lai Fong (1839–1890) : Photographer of China


Rare early photographs of China by the Chinese photographer Lai Fong, from the Loewentheil Photography of China Collection, are exhibited for the first time at the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University. 黎芳 Lai Fong (c.1839–1890): Photographer of China runs from 6 February 2020 to 14 June 2020. The landmark exhibition, 黎芳 Lai Fong (c.1839–1890): Photographer of China presents nearly 50 Lai Fong photographs made in the 1870s and 1880s of China. The photographs have been selected from the renowned Loewentheil Collection, which includes more than 21,000 early photographs of China. The exhibition features magnificent views of a rapidly growing Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Beijing, Shanghai, Fuzhou, and Xiamen, and important early portraits of the diverse people of late Qing Dynasty China. 黎芳 Lai Fong (c.1839–1890): Photographer of China presents a unique glimpse of China’s rich past through these early photographic masterpieces depicting the people, landscapes, cities, architecture, monuments and culture of China.  This unprecedented exhibition provides a rare opportunity to see China and its people through the lens of the Chinese master photographer at the historical moment before the epochal transformations of the 20th century. The leading Chinese photographer of the 19th century, Lai likely began his photographic career in Hong Kong...

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