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Lot 44

Chin San Long Photograph "Symbol of Longevity"

Estimate: $500 - $1,000

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Chin San Long (Lang Jingshan) (Chinese, 1892-1995). Photograph titled "Symbol of Longevity," executed in 1943, depicting a crane under a gnarled tree with dramatic mountain peaks in the background. Silver gelatin print. Hand signed to the backing along the lower right of the photograph.

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 1980s, he arranged an exhibit for Chin San Long's photography in Minnesota.

Unframed; height: 14 1/4 in x width: 10 in. Matted; height: 20 in x width: 16 in.

Condition

The item is in good condition with no visible tears, creases, or losses. The photograph is affixed to the mat. Accretion to the mat as shown in the listing. The emulsion appears to be smooth with no breaks. To the upper center, there are visible scratches; however, they seem to be original to the developing process, given that the surface is smooth. No visible sign of restoration under UV light. Not framed. Please contact us for a detailed condition report. Please note that the lack of a condition statement does not imply perfect condition. Email condition@revereauctions.com with any condition questions.

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