Cornell University, Johnson Museum of Art
This exhibition introduces viewers to the work of Lai Fong, arguably the most ambitious and successful photographer of nineteenth-century China. Lai established his studio in Hong Kong around 1870, and over the next twenty years built a towering reputation on his illustrious clientele, impressive product range, and a catalogue of views of his rapidly changing country “larger, choicer, and more complete . . . than any other in the Empire.” Managed by his son and daughter-in-law after his death, his studio persisted into the 1940s, an instance of remarkable longevity in a famously difficult field.
A concurrent exhibition, Lai Fong and Thomas Child: Photographs of Late Qing Dynasty Chinese Street Life, will be on view at Cornell’s Carl A. Kroch Library from February 7 to April 17, 2020.
Tsinghua University Art Museum, Beijing
The Tsinghua University Art Museum will present for the first time in Beijing over one hundred masterpieces of early photography of China from the Stephan Loewentheil Collection.
PRPH Books, New York
Masterpieces of Early Chinese Photography brings together 30 original photographs by the greatest figures in nineteenth-century photography of China. These rare early photographs are from the Stephan Loewentheil Historical Photography of China Collection.
This important exhibition presents together for the first time more than thirty masterpieces of early China photography. These rare nineteenth-century photographs open a window to a lost world, but they are also pinnacles of early photographic art.
China Exchange, London
Qing Dynasty Shanghai: The Photographs of William Saunders features a selection of 35 to 40 original 19th-century albumen silver prints, many hand-colored, by William Saunders from the Loewentheil China Photography Collection, the largest holding of late Qing dynasty photographs of China in private hands. This is the first public exhibition devoted to Saunder’s photography. Saunders occupies a distinguished place in the history of photography for the exceptional body of work he produced in Shanghai during the late Qing dynasty.
Sidney Mishkin Gallery, Baruch College, New York
The first exhibition in America of rare 19th-century photographs of Beijing by Thomas Child from the Loewentheil China Photography Collection. The famous bride and groom in Child’s wedding photograph, Zeng ji Fen and Nie ji Gui, were only recently identified, and then discovered by their great grandson Raymond Watt living in New York City. Child’s noble wedding portrait is of great significance to the history of China.
China Exchange, London
An extensive collection of Thomas Child’s nineteenth-century photographs of Peking will be exhibited at the China Exchange in London, November 10-15, 2015.
Thomas Child was the most prolific early photographer of Peking, and this is the first extensive exhibition of his photographs.
The exhibition is being held in conjunction with Asian Art in London.