In the early 20th century, Taiwanese photography came into its own. The photographers of the age came from different walks of life- photographers, to be sure, but also doctors and camera shop owners. Their subject matter varied widely too- from indigenous villages and temple fairs to logging camps and intimate portraits. But together, from the turn of the century to just past the end of WWII, they picked up cameras and captured the Taiwan they saw around them. In Taiwan, this was an age before photographic film. The medium these photographers worked in was dry glass plates. The National Taiwan Museum is showcasing works by nine of Taiwan’s dry glass plate photographers in an ongoing exhibit called “The Mirror of Time”. Last week, the exhibit’s curator, Chang Tsang-sang, introduced us to the life and work of five of these artists. This week, he’s back again to introduce us to the rest. He’ll also tell us about just how lucky we are to have these photos still with us today.
- 09 September, 2018