Contemporary chinese photography has received increasing attention both within china and beyond however the origin of photography in china is not fully understood brush shutter early photography in china takes its name from the way that the medium of photography was learned and readily adapted by chinese export painters who grafted this . Chinese export painters learned and adapted the medium of photography by grafting the new technology onto traditional artistic conventions employing both brush and shutter ultimately both chinese and western photographers were witnesses to and agents of dynamic cultural change the essays in this volume shed new light on the birth of a medium. Brush shutter early photography in china on view at the j paul getty museum at the getty center from february 8 through may 1 2011 seeks to redefine the history of photography in china by illuminating the intersection of traditional chinese artistic media and the modern technology of photography drawing special attention to indigenous chinese photographers. Uncovered here is a captivating visual history of china during photographys first century chinese export painters learned and adapted the medium of photography by grafting the new technology onto traditional artistic conventions employing both brush and shutter the essays in this volume shed light on the birth of a medium. The book is a welcome contribution to the small but growing field of research on early photography in china the history of photography for those looking for a well rounded introduction to the early history of photography in china brush and shutter early photography in china stands out as the best available publication caa reviews recommended
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