Title:The Face of China - As Seen by Photographers and Travellers 1860-1912
The catalogue of the exhibition organized by the Philadelphia Museum of Art from April 15 to June 25, 1978. The most significant and comprehensive collection of early photographs of China, its land, people and culture, brought together for the first time. For 2000 years China existed as the centre of being for those who lived within, the ultimate mystery for those who lived without. A collision of perceptions was inevitable as the West expanded outwardly and as domestic turmoil loosened the Manchu's hold on the Mandate of Heaven. Still, in the 1860s when the earliest photographs in this volume were made, the vestiges of a civilization which had taken for granted its superiority for untold generations could be seen and experienced...
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