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By the 1870s photography in Japan came to be called shashin , a term introduced from China and used in Japan since the eighteenth century. This article approaches the history of photography through the conceptual framework that surrounded shashin in the decades before its pairing with...
The prominent architectural historian Liang Sicheng devoted much of his career to the photographic, graphic, and textual documentation of old Chinese buildings. This project was grounded in his efforts to (re)construct a Chinese architectural "Order," and in so doing to posit a functional...
The essay examines photography at Tiananmen from 1949 to the present. Personal mementos are placed within personal narratives and used as scaffolding for memory work. Documentary films juxtapose photography with other social practices at the square. Photography both conveys and shapes the...
Family portraits from the 1960s and 1970s have been a source of inspiration for contemporary Chinese artists. In recent experimental works, many artists have used family portraits to reinvent the very ideas of the camera, the album, and the familial gaze as vehicles of longing, remembering, and...
This article discusses the obscenity trial of director Oshima Nagisa's 1976 book In the Realm of the Senses , which includes a series of still photographs and the screenplay from his notorious film of the same name. The case illustrates how obscenity convictions in postwar Japan often hinged on...
This article analyzes interactions between text and photographic image in works of photographic fiction ( shashin shôsetsu ) printed in Japanese women's magazines from the 1930s to the 1950s, including their interaction with cinema and print culture. The essay considers the complex effects of...
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