“Landmark” Lai Fong exhibitions featured in “L’Oeil de la Photographie”

French photography journal L’Oeil de la Photographie (The Eye of Photography) highlighted the Loewentheil Collection’s two “landmark” exhibitions at Cornell University: Lai Fong (1839-1890): Photographer of China and Lai Fong and Thomas Child: Photographs of Late Qing Dynasty Chinese Street Life.

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. … Lai’s artistic legacy, grounded in traditional Chinese art, influenced generations of photographers including contemporary Chinese image-makers.

L’Oeil de la Photographie, “Lai Fong (1839–1890) : Photographer of China,” February 26, 2020.

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Rare Photographs by Late Qing Dynasty Chinese Masters