About: Jeff Cody

I'm senior project specialist at the Getty Conservation Institute (GCI) and co-curator of the exhibition Brush and Shutter: Early Photography in China. I specialize in architectural history and urban conservation and work in the Education Department of the GCI, with a particular focus on Southeast Asia. I lived and taught in Hong Kong for a decade, and have also researched and written about Chinese architectural history of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

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Brush and Shutter: When Chinese Painters Became Photographers

Portrait of Li Hongzhang in Tianjin, 1878, Liang Shitai (also known as See Tay) (Chinese, active in Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Tianjin, 1870s–1880s), albumen silver print. The Getty Research Institute, 2006.R.1.4
Portrait of Li Hongzhang in Tianjin / Liang Shitai (also known as See Tay)

The new exhibition Brush & Shutter: Early Photography in China uses photographs, along with a few paintings and other artistic media, to tell a largely unknown story about China. In the second half of the 19th century, when China was… More»

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      #ThyCaptionBe: Don’t Be So Crabby

      You captioned this detail. And we’re revealing the full story now.

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