When English photographer William Saunders entered the city of Shanghai in 1862, the first thing he did was to establish one of the very first photography studios in the city. Introducing photography to the city has caught locals and travelers alike their attention.
His photography cost less than the traditional painted portraits, hence they became very popular. Saunders liked to color over the photographs, in which eventually he would hire Chinese artisans, whom will be responsible for the first hand-colored images in China.
The photographs were taken during the Qing Dynasty -- a period in which people wore their hairs in braids due to the imposition of the Manchus; the women wore traditional silk dresses and styled their hair in different updos, but most of them no longer wore their feet bounded. The women also liked to use the parasol as a prop -- which was considered a high fashion accessory.
Saunders captured the city through the eye of a man from the Occident, as seen in his series "Sketches of Chinese Life and Character Studies". He is recognized as a pioneer of photography as well as its flourishin in China.
Let's take a trip down to memory lane and revisit all the memories, goals, and breakthroughs before we move forward to another year of analogue wonder and opportunity. Here's what Lomography was up to in 2018.
Buried deep within thrift stories, entombed in dusty cameras, and hidden by the curtains of time lie the stories of yesteryear, waiting patiently to be found. Meet Levi Bettwieser, the man freeing these forgotten analogue fragments of the past from the hands of time.
Isabella Craun is a 13-year old photographer, who was part of the Diana Project held by our friends from Brannigan and Follen Photo Haus in Cleveland. She came by our Gallery Store to chat about her first impressions on film photography with the Diana F+.
Italian photographer Chiara Dondi lives and breathes as an artist of the old world. Intending to provide a sort of vintage charm and mystique into her photographs, her visual language remains in touch with reality with her contemporary female muses. Allow her to welcome you into her world.