Sidney D. Gamble Photographs Collection

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

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Leifeng Pagoda across water gamble_053B_0571
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Paidle Pagoda & Bridge close gamble_171A_963
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Nanjing University Main Building gamble_362A_2070
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bulb tower through arch gamble_russia_0055
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Untitled lantern slide RL_10074_LS_0040

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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 (https://guides.library.duke.edu/Gamblephotos/research) and in slide lectures, the majority of images were never published or exhibited during his lifetime.

西德尼∙D∙甘博(1890年-1968年)是位醉心摄影艺术的业余摄影家。1908年甘博随父母第一次来到中国,拍摄有关这个国家的照片。随后在1917年到1932年间,他三次重返中国,拍摄了中国老百姓日常生活的大量照片。甘博是出名的社会学家和中国研究专家,他到过中国城乡的许多地方,收集有关社会经济生活的资料,并拍摄了大量的照片,反应了各地的日常和公共生活,建筑样式和宗教雕塑,以及田野风光。甘博拍摄的这些照片仅有及少量刊登在他自己的基本学术专著里。他在各地讲学时,也曾将一些照片制作成幻灯片向听众们展示。然而甘博生前,他拍摄的照片,绝大多数从未发表或者展出过。

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