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.
Inspired by hand-painted color photographs from the 19th century, photographer Kate Ballis paints her own contemporary version with a converted infrared camera on the dunes and flatlands of California.
The year 2018 will be twelve months of retro-futurist aesthetics where the new meets the old. Welcome Italian analogue shooter Chiara Dondi as she uses the vintage style of the 19th century and early Pictorialist photography in capturing the faces of 21st-century women.
Spirit photography was a genre of the 19th century, where a photograph of a living subject features a 'spirit' of a deceased person. Of course, we all know it's a double exposure, but before then, William Mumler took advantage of his clients to sell 'spirit photographs'.
British documentary photographer and color photography pioneer Martin Parr opened his own foundation in Bristol earlier this year, and with this short interview, he recollects his life and works with photography throughout the years.
For the last years of the 19th century, French physiologist Etienne-Jules Marey was already experimenting with movement and how he can visualize them. He develops a graphic method through chronophotography.
In the heydays of the 20th century, photographers Gérard Ifert, William Klein, and Wojciech Zamecznik invented a new sort and dimension of photography in the 50's and 60's. Taking lessons from abstract art, photography became capable of modernist, graphic surrealism with the camera.