October 6th, 2019

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Sidney D. Gamble's photographs of Shanghai

Duke University has a huge online collection of China photographs by Sidney. D. Gamble, taken in the years 1908–1932, including (at least) 75 photographs of Shanghai:



Last image: Jade Buddha Temple.

From the original description: "Sidney D. Gamble (1890-1968), an avid amateur photographer, began taking pictures in China during his first trip to the country with his family in 1908. He returned three more times between 1917 to 1932 and continued photographing the daily life of Chinese citizens. A sociologist and renowned China scholar, he traveled throughout the country to collect data for social-economic surveys and to photograph urban and rural life, public events, architecture, religious statuary, and the countryside. Gamble used a few of the photographs from his extensive collection in his scholarly publications and in slide lectures, the majority of images were never published or exhibited during his lifetime."