Terry Bennett has written a three-volume history of photography in China in the nineteenth century. He has very kindly allowed us to post the chapter about Chinese photographers in Hong Kong here on Gwulo.
As an appetiser, here are several of the photos from that chapter, many very rarely seen. For the main course, you can read the full chapter at http://gwulo.com/node/31857. It has detailed information about Hong Kong's early Chinese photographers and their studios, and also many more of their photos to enjoy.
Fig. 6.7. Lai Fong (Afong Studio). ‘Hongkong. 319.
– Queen’s Road Central’, 1870s. Private Collection.
Fig. 6.12. Afong Studio advertisement from the China Directory, 1873.
Fig. 6.13. Lai Fong (Afong Studio). Westerners in theatrical costume,
1870s–80s. Cabinet card photograph. Author’s Collection.
Fig. 6.16. Lai Fong (Afong Studio). ‘Japanese Moosmi 1873’.
Another print of this image is also in the collection of
the Wilson Centre for Photography with a printed caption
label reading ‘No. 28. A Japanese Lady, wife of one
of the principal Merchants in Japan.’ Author’s Collection. <Read more ...>