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Lot 157

Chin San Long Photograph "The Raft"

Estimate: $400 - $800

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Chin San Long (Lang Jingshan) (Chinese, 1892-1995). Photograph titled "The Raft," executed 1930, depicting a woman steering a raft through the water with a pole. Silver gelatin print. Hand signed along the backing to 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 the 1970s, he arranged an exhibit for Chin San Long's photography in Minnesota.

Unframed; height: 12 3/4 in x width: 10 in. Matted; height: 20 in x width: 16 in.

Condition

There are no apparent tears, losses, or restorations. The print is mounted to a board; the verso cannot be inspected. There are light scratches throughout which appear to be original to the print and not on the surface but rather a part of the image. There are numerous small fleabite chips along the edges. There are small stains and foxing along the edges of the matboard. A few small stains along the verso of the matboard. The artwork is not framed.

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