Chin San Long (Lang Jingshan) (Chinese, 1892-1995). Group of three photogravures, each titled in pen along the verso, including: "Lettre de Mon Moulin Mill" depicting a circular view of a structure along a river, further dated 1938 in pencil along the verso; "Pavilion Fairyland" depicting a structure rising above billow clouds on a mountainside; and "Spring Fantasia" depicting a boat along a river with a willowy tree in the foreground, inscribed in pencil "proof" 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 the 1970s, he arranged an exhibit for Chin San Long's photography in Minnesota.Lettre de Mon Moulin Mill; Height: 11 in x width: 11 1/2 in.
Pavilion Fairyland; Height: 16 1/4 in x width: 13 in.
Spring Fantasia; Height: 15 3/4 in x width: 11 3/4 in.
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