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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 Chinese historic sites taken between the 1840s and the 1930s. It particularly looks at photographs related to French archives. The overall aim is to explore which landscapes marked the earliest stage of photography in China, while asking how this genre developed and what changing functions it served. 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
  • Publishing landscape photography: the Commercial Press of Shanghai and its books series 'Scenic China'", Between Region and Discipline, National Taiwan University and SOAS Postgraduate Conference, SOAS, University of London, United Kingdom, October 13, 2014


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