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Images that document early 20th century China including the the Sino-Japanese Conflict (1937-1945), a visual history of Buddhist practices and temples in China, and other images of daily life in both rural and urban China.
More than 5,000 photographs of China taken between 1933-1946 that document lifestyles, trades, handicrafts, landscapes, religious practices, and architectural structures that in many cases have changed or have been destroyed.
The collection from the National Diet Library, Tokyo, Japan is taken from an exhibition of portrait photographs of approximately 600 statesmen, government officials, military officers, businessmen, scholars and artists who had an impact on building modern Japanese society.
Sidney D. Gamble (1890-1968), an avid amateur photographer and a sociologist, took more than 5,000 photos during his travels in China from 1908-1932. This digital collection is the first comprehensive public presentation of his work.
The collection consists of some 3000 photographs from the period between 1860 and 1940, most of which were taken by professional photographers capturing landscapes and street life, in addition to photographing houses and factories and taking portrait and group photos.