Photographs of 1930s China by Stanley O. Gregory

To coincide with the exhibition 'Celestial Empire' at the National Library of Australia, the Australian Centre on China in the World presents a selection of rarely seen photographs of 1930s China taken by Stanley O. Gregory, printed in large-format for the first time, from the original negatives now in the NLA collection.


联袂澳大利亚国家图书馆《大清世相》展览,中华全球研究中心 (ANU) 呈献史丹利·奥·格雷戈里 (Stanley O. Gregory) 拍摄的30年代中国。这些罕见的照片是从澳大利亚国家图书馆馆藏之原版底片中精心挑选出来,并首次以大幅面印刷展现。

Curated by Dr Olivier Krischer (Australian Centre on China in the World).

Exhibition dates: 14 January–20 March, 2016
Gallery hours: 9am–5pm, Monday to Friday
Selected weekend viewings: 27–28 February and 19–20 March, 10am–4pm

Stanley O. Gregory (1902–1955)

Born in England in 1902, Gregory worked for the eminent publishers Kelly & Walsh, firstly in Hong Kong in the 1920s and then in Shanghai during the 1930s. Interned during the Japanese occupation of Shanghai, Gregory arrived in Australia on Christmas Day, 1945, rejoining his wife Dorothy and their two children, Christopher and Ann, who had left wartime Shanghai in 1941, initially to join relatives in Queensland.

Working for one of the world’s foremost publishers of illustrated books on China, Gregory was an experienced amateur photographer, showing the influence of early twentieth-century Pictorialism, with a sympathetic eye for Chinese life. While family photo albums indicate he was already actively photographing in Hong Kong during the 1920s, the collection of images now in the National Library was probably produced in the mid- to late-1930s, during visits to the picturesque riverside towns surrounding Shanghai (Hangzhou, Suzhou and Ningbo for example), as well as at iconic sites in and around Beijing.


The Australian Centre on China in the World gratefully acknowledges its principal exhibition partner, the National Library of Australia, as well as the Inkjet Research Facility (ANU School of Art). The Centre also acknowledges the research and writing contributions of Andrew Gosling and Gael Newton, and the generous assistance of Christopher Gregory, Ann Argyle and their families.