Chinese Culture

Glimpses of a Lost World Through Early Chinese Photography

"Island Pagoda," from the book, "Foochow and the River Min," circa 1873, by John Thomson. Carbon print. (Courtesy of Stephan Loewentheil Historical Photography of China Collection)
"Island Pagoda," from the book, "Foochow and the River Min," circa 1873, by John Thomson. Carbon print. (Courtesy of Stephan Loewentheil Historical Photography of China Collection)

NEW YORK—Two men clad in leather and fur stand side by side with their legs wide and firmly planted on the ground, next to a...




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