Henry Cammidge operated a photography studio in Shanghai from 1866 to 1874. His brilliant but tragically short career is without parallel in the history of early photography of China. Cammidge was born in England and moved to Shanghai around 1861 when he joined the Imperial Maritime Customs Service. By 1867 he was operating a studio as a commercial photographer. Cammidge achieved considerable success as an artist and technician, but he suffered financial and legal difficulties culminating in bankruptcy. These problems likely contributed to his death in 1874 at age thirty-five. Cammidge’s greatest accomplishment was his monumental panorama of the Shanghai Bund. The only known example of this masterpiece is in the Loewentheil Collection.