The collection includes the greatest masterpieces of the art of photography in China, including masterworks by Lai Fong, Tung Hing, Mee Cheung, John Thomson, Thomas Child, A Chan Studios, William Saunders, Pow Kee Studios, Felice Beato, Liang Shitai, and many others. Selected highlights include:
Beijing: the world’s largest holding of the earliest comprehensive photographic survey of Beijing by Thomas Child.
Portraits by Liang Shitai, the greatest photographer of China’s Imperial Family and late Qing Dynasty dignitaries.
Views by Tung Hing, the foremost landscape photographer of nineteenth-century China.
The world’s largest holding of photographs from Nanking, Hanjou, and Shanghai by Pow Kee. This studio’s work reflects important aesthetic elements that originate in Chinese painting.
The first photographs of Beijing, the most important Felice Beato China album in the world, including many magnificent multi-panel panoramas.
The only extant example of the greatest early photograph of China, Henry Cammidge’s panorama of Shanghai, the largest nineteenth-century view of any Chinese city.
The only extant example of the earliest 360-degree panorama of Beijing, a nine-part salted paper print panorama of Beijing.
More than 75 spectacular nineteenth-century panoramic views of Chinese cities and landscapes.
The world’s largest and finest collection of photographs by Lai Fong, the most celebrated nineteenth-century Chinese photographer and studio.
The Ernst Boerschmann Archive, one of the world’s largest holdings of early Chinese architectural photographs. Boerschmann was the most distinguished Western scholar of Chinese architecture of the first half of the 20th century. He assembled this photographic record of Chinese architecture to further his own research and publications.
A superb collection of Chinese photographs and unique related material by John Thomson, one of the greatest nineteenth-century photographers of China.
The world’s most important holding of the earliest portraits and photographs of daily life in Beijing, by Dr. George A. Morache.
The most extensive holdings of photographs of local Chinese culture and traditions by a major nineteenth-century Chinese photography studio, A Chan (Ya Zhen) Studios.
A magnificent collection of works by Shanghai’s greatest nineteenth-century photographer, William Saunders, including the most extensive example of his magnum opus, Life in China, as well as a complete set of his works expertly hand-tinted in the finest condition.
The earliest paper photographs of Hong Kong.
The earliest paper photographs of Guangzhou, by French photographer Pierre Rossier.
Magnificent images by Pun Lun Studio, the leading Chinese photography studio producing portraits, and topographical views. Pun Lun Studio’s genre photographs carried on the tradition of Chinese painting.
More than 200 photographs documenting the Peking Opera, the important Chinese art form