Power and Perspective: Early Photography in China

Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Event Time

February 8, 2023 | Wednesday
8:00 am - 9:00 am Eastern Standard Time (EST)
February 8, 2023 | Wednesday
9:00 pm - 10:00 pm China Standard Time (CST)


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The language of the event will be English.

The Event

Photography’s development as a new form of art and technology coincided with profound changes in the way China engaged with the world in the nineteenth century. The medium evolved in response to war, trade, travel, and a desire for knowledge about an unfamiliar place. Power and Perspective: Early Photography in China, published by Yale University Press, provides a rich account of the exchanges among photographers, artists, patrons, and subjects in the treaty port cities that connected China and the West. Drawing primarily from the Peabody Essex Museum’s historic and largely unpublished collection of photographs, this generously illustrated volume examines the confrontations and collaborations that shaped the adoption and practice of photography in China. Offering an original reassessment of the colonial legacy of the medium, Power and Perspective addresses photography’s representations of racial hierarchy and its entanglement with histories of European imperialism in nineteenth-century China.

The Speakers


Karina H. Corrigan
Associate Director of Collections and the H.A. Crosby Forbes Curator of Asian Export Art, Peabody Essex Museum

Karina H. Corrigan is the Associate Director of Collections and the H.A. Crosby Forbes Curator of Asian Export Art at the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM). She is responsible for spearheading research on PEM’s rich and storied collection, enhancing access to the collection through increased documentation, digitization, and display, and building the collection through new acquisitions. In her curatorial practice, she oversees the largest, most comprehensive public collection of cross-cultural art from China, Japan and South Asia. She has organized ten changing exhibitions drawn from PEM’s notable collections including Asia in Amsterdam: The Culture of Luxury in the Golden Age, co-organized with the Rijksmuseum and most recently, Power and Perspective: Early Photography in China, on display at PEM from September 24, 2022 to April 2, 2023. Corrigan received a 2020 Award of Excellence from the Association of Art Museum Curators for her work on PEM’s Sean M. Healey Family Gallery of Asian Export Art in 2019. In addition to her professional work, she serves on the Boards of the American Friends of Attingham and Friends of Nalamdana. Corrigan received a BA in Art History and Medieval Renaissance Studies from Wellesley College, an MS in Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania and an MA from the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture.

Stephanie Hueon Tung
Byrne Family Curator of Photography,
Peabody Essex Museum

Stephanie Hueon Tung is the Byrne Family Curator of Photography at the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM). She leads the interpretation and presentation of the museum’s growing photography collection, which spans the 19th century through today. A specialist in the history of photography of China, her research focuses on transnational art exchanges, global modernism, translation studies, and notions of artistic labor. At PEM, she was instrumental in shepherding the 2020 acquisition of approximately 1,600 photographs by artists with ties to East Asia, a gift made possible through the generosity of the Joy of Giving Something Foundation. She also served as the Assistant Curator on PEM’s 2019–20 exhibition, A Lasting Memento: John Thomson’s Photographs Along the River Min, and is co-curator of Power and Perspective: Early Photography in China, on display at PEM from September 24, 2022 to April 2, 2023. Tung holds a BA in Literature and History of Art and Architecture from Harvard University, and a MA in Art & Archeology from Princeton University.

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