Serge Vargassoff: China in Color


Serge Vargassoff was a Russian photographer who spent time in China. He spent some time there from the 1920’s to the 1930’s and was able to capture China in color. See more after the break.

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Serger Vargassoff was born in Russia in 1906. When he was 20 years old, he went to Peking and worked as a photographer there. During that time, there were plenty of Russians living in China and he took the opportunity to establish himself as a professional photographer and even became a resident of the city. Vargassoff stayed in China from the 1920’s up until 1946. He took thousands of photographs in China but not many of them are seen by the public.

Some of the photos that he was able to capture were Chinese pavilions, structures on parks, stone pillars, temples, and the everyday lives of the people living there. Photography had only been around a few decades when Vargassoff took photos of China and tourists who would go to Asian countries look for original prints created by the practicing photographers then. Although there are plenty photos of China available nowadays, the old photographs that have survived through time are treasures that tell stories of the past.

Here are some of Serge Vargassoff’s photos of China:

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Information for this article was taken from Vintage Everyday and Powerhouse Museum.

written by jeanmendoza on 2012-01-13 #lifestyle #photos #vintage #china #1920-s #serge-vargassoff #color-photos

One Comment

  1. ihave2pillows
    ihave2pillows ·

    Wow. That's the post-imperial but pre-Communist era, meaning he has seen all that's been untouched by the Cultural Revolution! I wonder if he has pictures of the WWII Japan invasion too...

    Those are black and white pictures colored in afterwards by paint brush right?

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