“By unearthing hidden family photographs, Daphne Ang Ming Li attempts to (re)construct the development of portraiture at that time. More than an individual research, “The Portrait Project” is more importantly an online archive through which everyone can participate, share anecdotes, and evoke memories. The point is to submit a photograph and tell the story: who is portrayed? When and where the photograph was taken? What was the occasion? All these questions intend to cope with the fact that most photographs are hidden in family albums and personal archives. Thanks to their participation, the website now look at the practice of portraiture as a wider tradition…” Read the article here
Special thanks to Marine Cabos, friend, associate and fellow PhD candidate at SOAS for the brilliant (and very flattering) feature on L’OEIL: The Eye of Photography. Marine is also the author of Photography of China, a highly regarded online publication. She explores photographers active during the pre-Mao period, beginning in the 1840s after the advent of the camera, during the tail end of Manchu rule. followed by the Mao period, presenting the works of photographers active in the People’s Republic of China from 1949 to the late 1970s. She also presents a selection of contemporary photographers who were active in China from the early 1980s to present. Photography of China has a comprehensive selection of interviews with artists and their patrons, collectors and curators, as well as featuring the portfolios of Chinese photographers currently active. Explore Photography of China here.
Marine is a PhD candidate at SOAS (University of London) who has worked in cultural institutions across the world, such as museums, foundations, galleries, and art magazines. Over the years she has developed a keen interest in arts of China and especially photography. This passion sparked her intention to launch in 2011 Photography of China (www.photographyofchina.com): a website published with text in English, French and Chinese, which introduces a range of historical and contemporary photographers who are working or have worked in China.