A selection of images from the Terry Bennett Collection

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Interest in early photography in China is growing rapidly. The purpose of this site is to encourage that growth by giving access to images of and information about Qing-Dynasty photography. This site is for historical photography only; the cut-off date is 1911 – the end of the Qing Dynasty.

Click here to to view early photographs of Qing-dynasty China (1844-1911).

Latest News

History of Photography in China: Chinese Photographers 1842-1879 

25 May 2013

We are now taking orders for this book. Please go to: http://www.oldchinaphotography.com/book_hopic-3.html Publication Update: The book is now scheduled to be available during the second week of June 2013.

History of Photography in China: Chinese Photographers 1842-1879 

08 Jan 2013

This is the final book in the series to be published on early photography in China. The release date is likely to be March 2013 and will be published by the London firm Bernard Quaritch Ltd. The first volume was translated into Chinese and released by the Beijing-based China Photographic Publishing House in May 2011. The second volume will also be released in Chinese early in 2013.

Early China Photography Exhibition - London 6-11 June 2011 

28 May 2011

Highlights from the Terry Bennett collection of early China photography will be exhibited in London from 6-11 June 2011. This is the first time that items from the collection have been exhibited. The venue is Bernard Quaritch Ltd., 8 Lower John Street, Golden Square, London, W1F 9AU. Telephone:+44(0)20 7297 4888. MONDAY, TUESDAY, THURSDAY, FRIDAY 10AM—6PM WEDNESDAY 10AM—8PM, SATURDAY 12PM—6PM.

History of Photography in China: Western Photographers 1861-1879 

18 Dec 2010

The above book by Terry Bennett, the second in the series on the history of photography in China, has now been published by Quaritch, London. The book can be ordered directly from this site by going to 'Items For Sale' and then connecting to the 'Books For Sale' page.

Sample Images From the Collection -Uploading Completed 

6 Aug 2010

We have now finished uploading some 250 sample images from the Terry Bennett Collection. Although this represents less than 3% of the collection as a whole, work from most of the key photographers has been included.

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