Biggest photo archive of 19th century China needs a new custodian, says US collector who amassed the 20,000-plus images squib

A woman wearing jade bracelets, her hair pulled back into a shiny bun, appears to rest a moment against a table. Over her shoulder peeps the curious face of a baby, carried in a sling on her back. Her expression is peaceful yet powerful, a young mother, perhaps, whose life has taken on new meaning. Captured by the Pun Lun Studio in 1870s China, this photo is particularly rare on account of the fire that destroyed the studio’s negatives in 1876. Another shows a street scene in a narrow…
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