In 2005, Grace Lau captured random people for a project inspired by the portraits taken by Westerners in China during the mid-19th to early 20th century that show Chinese people in a Victorian studio setting.  Now the British-Chinese documentary photographer is revisiting the concept. Photo; Grace Lau
In 2005, Grace Lau captured random people for a project inspired by the portraits taken by Westerners in China during the mid-19th to early 20th century that show Chinese people in a Victorian studio setting. Now the British-Chinese documentary photographer is revisiting the concept. Photo; Grace Lau
Photography

Photographer’s staged pictures of ‘exotic 21st century types’ flip the script on colonial-era portraits of ‘backward’ Chinese

  • British-born photographer Grace Lau had regular people sit for portraits in a studio decked in antique Chinese furniture and a fake panda rug for a 2005 project
  • It was her response to Western photographers in 19th century China who made their subjects appear exotic. Two decades on, she’s revisiting the idea

In 2005, Grace Lau captured random people for a project inspired by the portraits taken by Westerners in China during the mid-19th to early 20th century that show Chinese people in a Victorian studio setting.  Now the British-Chinese documentary photographer is revisiting the concept. Photo; Grace Lau
In 2005, Grace Lau captured random people for a project inspired by the portraits taken by Westerners in China during the mid-19th to early 20th century that show Chinese people in a Victorian studio setting. Now the British-Chinese documentary photographer is revisiting the concept. Photo; Grace Lau
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