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Alinari Photo Archive
From the Archivi Alinari, Florence

In some instances enough photographs have been assembled to make up a complete collection, for example the Demidoff Collection which was broken up at the end of the last century, the Chigi-Saracini Collection, which also no longer exists, and other minor collections. One of the last sections of the collection comprises landscapes and Italian cities photographed in the second half of the nineteenth century.
Armenian Architecture
A documented photo-collection for the study of the Early and Late Medieval Christian Architectural Arts of Transcaucasia and the Middle East

The roots of the Western architectural art, including early Christian art, are often to be found at the Transcaucasiasian and Middle east crossroads where the Armenian homeland was frequently meeting ground for both ideologies and conquerers. The conversion of the Armenian nation to Christianity (in AD 301 or soon after that) added a new dimension to the exchanges, particularly because the conversion inspired an Armenian drive for ethnic identity through the archtectural arts and scholarship.

Through the Eye of Time

Photographs of Arunachal Pradesh, 1859-2006

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Stuart Blackburn and Michael Tarr

This is the first visual history of Arunachal Pradesh, a state in northeast India bordering on Tibet/China, Burma and Bhutan. Based on archival and field research, it illustrates a century and a half of cultural change in this culturally diverse and little-known region of the Himalayas.
More than 200 photographs, half archival and half contemporary, reveal that tribal cultures in this remote mountainous region have been continually reacting to external forces and initiating internal innovations.
The Introduction places the archival photographs in their wider context, emphasising the complexity of the colonial encounter and uncovering personal stories behind many of the images. The sequence of photographs, juxtaposing the historical and the contemporary, shows us the uneven and sometimes confusing mixture of past and present that is emerging in Arunachal Pradesh.

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Edited by Paul Pickowicz, Kuiyi SHEN and Yingjin ZHANG

This collection of original essays explores the rise of popular print media in China as it relates to the quest for modernity in the global metropolis of Shanghai from 1926 to 1945. It does this by offering the first extended look at the phenomenal influence of the Liangyou pictorial, The Young Companion, arguably the most exciting monthly periodical ever published in China. Special emphasis is placed on the profound social and cultural impact of this glittering publication at a pivotal time in China.

The essays explore the dynamic concept of "kaleidoscopic modernity" and offer individual case studies on the rise of "art" photography, the appeals of slick patent medicines, the resilience of female artists, the allure of aviation celebrities, the feistiness of women athletes, representations of modern masculinity, efforts to regulate the female body and female sexuality, and innovative research that locates the stunning impact of Liangyou in the broader context of related cultural developments in Tokyo and Seoul.

Contributors include: Paul W. Ricketts, Timothy J. Shea, Emily Baum, Maura Elizabeth Cunningham, Jun Lei, Amy O'Keefe, Hongjian Wang, Ha Yoon Jung, Lesley W. Ma, Tongyun Yin, and Wang Chuchu.