Published on Feb 8, 2019
A rare collection of 120 early photographs of China, some of the very first images ever taken in the country, has made its debut at the Tsinghua University Art Museum in Beijing. Pictures of China’s people, cities, landscapes and architecture, captured in the 19th century, peer out from the frames. What stories can these images share about China’s rich history? What can we tell about the social changes the country has undergone by revisiting these scenes from the past? Why have these photos landed in China, and what does the collector have to say about the China of today and the future? Stephan Loewentheil, the collector himself, shared his views.