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Picturing China exhibition launched today

Date: 01/08/2013

The second exhibition of digital images to be displayed in the AHRC’s new Image Gallery has been launched today.

Taken from a collection – Historical Photographs of China – ‘Picturing China’ highlights the photographic work of Jack Ephgrave, a member of the large British expatriate community in Shanghai in the early years of the twentieth century, who experimented with photography and who captured a great deal of Chinese life – work, leisure, politics, technology, street life and much more. His photographs give a fascinating and at times beautiful insight into a country on the brink of momentous change.

Thanks to funding from the AHRC and a number of other organisations, ‘Historical Photographs of China’ has located and archived photographs from the substantial holdings of images of modern China held mostly in private hands overseas. These are often of even greater historic interest than might ordinarily be the case, as the destruction of materials inside China in war and revolution in the twentieth century, and especially during the 1966-69 Cultural Revolution, means that there is a relative dearth today of accessible photographic records in China itself.

Professor Robert Bickers of the University of Bristol and Principal Investigator on the project, said: Preparing these photos for display has been a great opportunity to research further into the collection, and we have learned a lot on the way. The family are also thrilled, and it's a great way to show them, very quickly, of the wider interest of such family photographs.

View the Picturing China exhibition.

The AHRC Image Gallery showcases the range of digital images generated either as by-products or as outputs of research projects in the arts and humanities as a means of highlighting the richness and diversity of images created and used within the arts and humanities and to showcase the talents of those who create them, including those of doctoral students and early career researchers.

The intention is that the AHRC will in the next month or two issue a call to the arts and humanities research community for expressions of interest to display virtual exhibitions or collections of images on the AHRC website. Small amounts of funding will be made available to the successful applicants to prepare and submit images and text for these exhibitions. Prior to that call pilot exhibitions of images will be displayed on the website with results and feedback from these informing the open call.

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