China 1908

 

CHINA 1908: Sidney D. Gamble
& Brother Clarence Discover China

In these spectacular photos, taken by sociologist Sidney Gamble, one sees life in early twentieth-century China in all its vivid and authentic dimensions.
—Charles O. Wu,
   Professor Emeritus in Chinese and Humanities,
   Reed College, Portland, OR

 

 

FORTHCOMING English & Chinese editions.  Late 2017


From the Sidney D. Gamble Duke University and Clarence James Gamble Harvard University Archives

9 May 1908. After four weeks in Japan, the Gambles continued their Orient Tour and disembarked in Shanghai, China. They hired a houseboat, the “Sunshine,” and took the one-day and overnight trip on the Grand Canal to  (Hang Chou) Hangzhou.  In Hangzhou, their host was long-time Chinese resident RobertF.Fitch, who had invited the Gambles to see for themselves the site selected for the future Hangchow Christian College campus. The Gamble family saw the campus site and more, and as they travelled and toured, Sidney and Clarence took many fine photographs of the people and the country, photographs that we cherish today for their glimpse into this lost place in time.

In these spectacular photos, taken by sociologist Sidney Gamble, one sees life in early twentieth century China in all its vivid and authentic dimensions. Here it’s the genuine people, both poor and rich,  more than the romanticized scenery or exoticized objects, assume the predominant subjectivity of photographic art. The verbal introduction, narrated by contemporary editor-author Ms. Reed, strings together these optical masterpieces with  a broad sweep of historical background into a kaleidoscope of cultural heritage.

—Charles O. Wu, Professor Emeritus in Chinese and Humanities, Reed College, Portland, OR