Sidney D. Gamble Photographs Collection

Over 5,000 photographs, primarily of China, 1908-1932.More »

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Chinese Lathe gamble_242A_1360
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Paidle Pagoda & Bridge close gamble_171A_963
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funeral, Paper servants with vase gamble_396A_2274A
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Untitled lantern slide RL_10074_LS_0047
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View over Roofs gamble_047B_0503

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Sidney D. Gamble (1890-1968), an avid amateur photographer, began taking pictures in China during his first trip to the country with his family in 1908. He returned three more times between 1917 to 1932 and continued photographing the daily life of Chinese citizens. A sociologist and renowned China scholar, he traveled throughout the country to collect data for social-economic surveys and to photograph urban and rural life, public events, architecture, religious statuary, and the countryside. Gamble used a few of the photographs from his extensive collection in his scholarly publications ( and in slide lectures, the majority of images were never published or exhibited during his lifetime.


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