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Lot 46

Chin San Long "Reflections" Photograph

Estimate: $1,000 - $2,000

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Chin San Long (Lang Jingshan) (Chinese, 1892-1995). Photograph depicting a nude woman reclining against a boulder in a wooded environment. Silver gelatin print. Titled and dated 1950 along the verso.

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.

Height: 15 in x width: 12 in.


The photograph is generally in good condition with no visible tears or losses, or major creases. The emulsion appears to be smooth with no breaks. Throughout the item, there are white minute spots, which are most likely to be original to the developing process. To the upper corner, there are minute creases. Very light wear along the margins. To the left hand of the figure, there is a white line visible, appears to be original; please see the listing image. There are light creases visible at a critical angle, most noticeably to the upper left quadrant. Along the verso, there are minute light brown accretions that do not affect the recto; light foxing visible. When inspected under UV light, there is no visible sign of restoration. Please contact us for a detailed condition report. Please note that the lack of a condition statement does not imply perfect condition. Email with any condition questions.

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