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Photographs, collected by a Japanese soldier during the OCCUPATION.
Publication place
China
Date of publication
Circa 1920s – 30s
Identifying characteristics
An unusual album that documents contrasting social subject matters rather than the expected militaristic themes common to Japanese albums of this period. The opening image does show a posed Japanese military unit in front of a traditional Chinese building. Virtually all the subsequent images depict daily life with street vendors, working peasants, fishermen, construction sites, actors, acrobats, stilt performers, musicians, a child monk, fortune-teller, and a beggar. Interspersed throughout are 31 fine studio portrait studies of individual men, women, couples and family groups dressed in both traditional Chinese and contemporary Western styles. This juxtaposition of images of the wealthy in their formal portraits, and the very poor and ragged of the street or rural village is at once jarring and effective. A remarkable visual document of Chinese society at this critical moment in their twentieth century history.
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Date of theft report
Date of theft
18 May 2019
Circumstances of theft
Stolen at the The London Photograph Fair, Kings College on Saturday, 18 May 2019. Reported to police, PBFA and ILAB.
Recovered
no
Thief caught
no
Thief arrested
no
Thief convicted
no
Reported to the police
no
Reported to Interpol
no
Name
Angelika Elstner
Organization
ILAB
Submitter is also the owner
no