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Department of the History of Art and Archaeology

Miss Marine Cabos

2011 MA History of Art (SOAS), 2010 BA History of Art (Sorbonne IV, Paris), 2009 BA Chinese Studies (INALCO, Paris)


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Miss Marine Cabos
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Landscape photography of China's iconic sites (1840s-1949)
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PhD Research

This thesis examines landscape photographs of China's iconic sites taken by Chinese and French authors between the 1840s and 1949. It particularly looks at photographs that repeatedly capture similar famous natural sites through the use of different visual features. The overall aim is to analyse the complex interweaving of modes of representations and functions, while asking if such series of representations is a means by which Chinese or French authors appropriate a place and participate in the shaping of China’s imaginary landscape. This thesis will illuminate the impact of landscape photography on the transmission of aesthetic and knowledge, and indicate how the photographs can be employed to offer new conceptualizations of the natural space in China, which are imbued with cultural heritage. 

PhD Publications

  • Cabos, Marine. Li Wei photographies. Hong Kong: Thircuir, 2013
  • Cabos, Marine. « Liu Yue : portrait d’un nouveau méditant. ». Nunc automne (2013): 45-47

PhD Conferences

  • “New work in the Art History and Archaeology of Asia”, Oriental Ceramic Society one-day conference for early career scholars, London, United Kingdom, June 22, 2013
  • “SOAS-NTU Graduate Student Exchange”, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan, June 16, 2013
  • “Research Advisory Group  “, Chinese Arts Centre, Manchester, United Kingdom, March 21, 2013
  • "The practice of referencing in contemporary Chinese photography", Analogue Photography in the New Media Age Symposium, Photographic History Research Centre, De Montfort University, Leicester, United Kingdom, April 29, 2014


  • Ecole française d'Extrême-Orient (EFEO)
  • Universities' China Committee in London (UCCL)