Chin San Long (Lang Jingshan) (Chinese, 1892-1995). Photograph depicting a woman carrying water along a rocky bank, with tree branches extending up in the foreground. Silver gelatin print. Hand signed along the backing.
Chin San Long is known for his innovative art photography, particularly his signature "composite photography" technique. He was the first Chinese photographer to take artistic nude photos, and also specialized in nature photography.
Provenance: From the collection of William Atkins.
William Atkins (1919-2001) was a pilot for Northwest Airlines, who spent his career flying to Asia. He was an avid photographer who was involved in the Photographic Society of America, through which he developed relationships with photography clubs worldwide. It was through the photographic society in Taiwan that he met Chin San Long, with whom he became close friends. In the 1970s, he arranged an exhibit for Chin San Long's photography in Minnesota.Unframed; height: 14 3/8 in x width: 10 in. Matted; height: 20 in x width: 16 in.
The item is in generally good condition with no visible tears, creases, or losses. The photograph is affixed to the mat; there is some adhesive visible along the margins. The photograph is slightly toned and the margins are discolored as shown in the listing image. To the upper left quadrant, there is a network of minute light brown accretions. Throughout, there are a few scattered areas of light surface stretches, visible at a critical angle, most noticeably to the center of the left margin. Light handling marks to the board; there are a few creases along the edges of the board, particularly to the upper margin. Along the back of the board, there is light brown accretion along the left margin, which does not affect the photograph. The verso of the photograph could not be inspected due to the nature of how the item is attached to the board. When inspected under UV light, there is no visible sign of restoration.
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