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Links about Chinese photography and others

I have collected a list of websites about Chinese photography, primarily focusing on the Chinese Cultural Revolution. Some websites are in Chinese. I apologise for the inconvenience. If you know any website that is not listed in here, please let me know. I will really appreciate your help.

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Chinese Photography History (Some materials are in Chinese)

Chinese Image History is a nonprofit academic exchange platform which aims to explore image materials about China from 1840s till now.

CPHOTOMALL (in Chinese)

Chinese Global Photography Centre is powered by the Xinhua News Agency.


Everyday life in Mao’s China

Covell Meyskens is a PhD candidate from the University of Chicago. His research focuses on the industrialisation and nationalism in modern East Asia. This website is dedicated to all kinds of visual representation of everyday life in China from the 1930s to the 1980s.

Exposition of Mao Zedong (in Chinese)

Visual representations of Mao Zedong. There is a collection of Chinese Pictorial from 1950 to 1976.

F (in Chinese)

Commercial Image Database in Guangzhou, China.


Gallery of China Top Photographer(in Chinese)

An online database for famous Chinese photographers. This website has works of more than 180 photographers from 1920 to 2010.


Historical Photography of China

Directed by Prof. Robert Bickers (University of Bristol). I consider this website as the sister of Visualising China below.


Photography of China

Founded in 2011, this website offers a collection of photographs – created by both native and non-native artists – which depict a common subject-matter: China. It also has a list of databases that are categorised by nations, which I found very useful. The founder is Marine Cabos, who is a PhD candidate at SOAS (University of London).


Service the People”: Images of Daily Life in China during the Cultural Revolution

The photographs presented on this website were taken in March-April 1972 by Prof. William A. Joseph (Department of Political Science,Wellesley College).

Sidney D. Gamble Photographs

Over 5,000 photographs, primarily of China, 1908-1932.


Virtual Shanghai

Virtual Shanghai is a research and resource platform on the history of Shanghai from the mid-nineteenth century to nowadays. It incorporates four sets of documents: essays, original documents, photographs, and maps.

Visualising China:1850-1950

Visualising China is a web-based resource that allows users to explore more than 8000 digitised images of historical photographs of China taken between 1850 and 1950.


Xinhua Multimedia Database (in Chinese)

Online database of the Xinhua News Agency


360 Personal Library (in Chinese)

This website gathered many Chinese website posts. Photographs from the Cultural Revolution is a hot topic. Just type “文革” and “照片”in the search field. You can also try “海报” for posters and “宣传画” for “propaganda painting” or other visual representations.

Chinese Posters


Most posters featured on this website are from the collections of Stefan Landsberger and the International Institute of Social History (IISH, Amsterdam, Netherlands), currently numbering over 5,000 pieces. A growing number of posters from an anonymous private collection of over 600 pieces are being included as well.

Chinese Poster Collection

The University of Westminster’s Chinese Poster Collection is a unique archival collection of  some 800 posters spanning the 1950s to the 1980s. Most of the Collection dates from the 1960s to the 1970s, making it an important resource for study of the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976), a period of China’s modern history commonly characterised as  the ‘ten dark years of chaos’ but given increasing critical attention research, documentary films and important museum collections. The collection also has a range of memorabilia from the same period, such as puzzles and toys, badges, handkerchiefs and ration coupons, tickets and receipts, postcard and print sets, picture books (lianhuanhua), paper cuts and a small but valuable library of books on Chinese art of the period.

If you know any website that is not listed in here, please let me know. I will really appreciate your help.

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