Sidney D. Gamble (1890-1968) is an American sociologist. From 1908 to 1932, he visited China four times, traveling throughout the country to collect data for social-economic surveys and to photograph urban and rural life, public events, architecture, religious statuary, and the countryside. A renowned China scholar, and avid amateur photographer, Gamble used some of the pictures to illustrate his monographs. The Gamble Photographs collection is housed at the Archive of Documentary Arts, Duke University. The digital collection can be viewed here.
Lab Co-director Guo-Juin Hong is a co-curator of the Beijing through Sidney Gamble’s Camera exhibit at the Capital Library of Beijing (on view in June and later in October 2013) with Duke Chinese Studies Librarian Luo Zhou and PhD students Jason Tonio Woerner (Cultural Anthropology), Ana Huang (Cultural Anthropology), and Kshama Kumar (History). Undergraduates Jaeho Chang, Ouwen Huang, Christine Farell, and Sagar Patel – all Trinity ’16 – also contributed to the curatorial work.
The exhibit website (purple link below) includes essays by Woerner, Huang, and Kumar, as well as a digital version of the catalog.