East Asia

Sino-Japanese War of 1894-1895 as Seen in Prints and Archives

Japanese Center for Asian Historical Records and the British National Library presents wood-block prints, maps, and timelines from this war.


Taipei Historical Maps

List of colonial-period maps and films of street scenes in contemporary Taipei compared to scenes from a century ago.

日治明信片 Japanese-Period Postcards [of Taiwan]

A set of Taiwan postcards with photographs of contemporary scenes juxtaposed with the historical image. This is a Flickr site.

The Taiwan Photographer

Rich J Matheson’s Blog.  He is a Taiwan-based professional photographer who makes images of scenery, people, festivals, and Taiwan’s built environment.


Manhhai’s Flickr Page of Vietnam Photographs

Several albums of photographs and images from the 1880s through the American Wars from magazines, albums, newspapers, postcards, etc.  Extensive collection.


Photographing the Guillotine

Intriguing article about the power of photography as it relates to the rise and fall of guillotine executions as public spectacles in France.  Published in The Appendix.

The Lens: Photo Essays in the New York Times

Blog of short essays on photography and photographers around the world, various topics–usually connected to current events.

Rare Photography Of Russian Empire In 1910s Glow In Splendid Colour–From Blog: Demilked

Ethnographic and scenic photos, in color, by Sergey Prokudin-Gorsky (1863-1944) taken in 1909-1915.

Rejecting Stereotypes, Photographing ‘Real’ Indians

By Whitney Richardson, NYT Lens Blog

Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: Edward
Curtis Photo set

Eight Curtis photos and link to book review of a new biography–NYT Lens Blog


H. Glenn Penny, review of David Ciarlo, Advertising Empire: Race and Visual Culture in Imperial Germany.

Roland Elliot Brown, review of British National Museum Exhibit of Asian (and other) Propaganda (Japan Times)