Liang Shitai, also known as See Tay, photographed many of China’s most prominent late Qing Dynasty officials and other elites. He began his career in Hong Kong and later moved to Shanghai and finally to Tianjin. Beginning in the 1860s, Liang Shitai photographed Prince Chun (1840-1891), father of the Guangxu Emperor. He made portraits of Prince Chun over two decades in a variety of costumes, surroundings, and situations that offered a rare glimpse of imperial life. The photographer also offered topographical views of Tientsin, Hong Kong, and Shanghai. Liang Shitai became one of the most esteemed nineteenth-century Chinese photographers, and his exquisite portraits and views are among the most important photographs of their time.
Liang Shitai (See Tay)