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Department of the History of Art and Archaeology, School of Arts

Miss Marine Cabos

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


Marine Cabos
Miss Marine Cabos
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Thesis title:
Seeing through landscape: French photographic archives of China (1840s-1930s)
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PhD Research

This thesis examines landscape photographs of China taken between the 1840s and the 1930s. It particularly enquires into different types of material related to French interest in photographic activity in China. The overall aim is to explore which landscapes marked the earliest stage of photography in China, while asking how shifting ways of seeing and archives were shaped through the agency of the photographs. This thesis will illuminate the visual evolution of the genre, changing photographic practices, and assess the role of landscape photography in the transmission of knowledge about China’s natural and cultural heritage.

PhD Publications

  • Cabos, Marine. “Itinéraire dans les paysages de Chine à travers la photographie.” In L’histoire culturelle de la Chine classique et contemporaine, edited by Nicolas Idier. Robert Laffont collection Bouquins: to be published in 2016.
  • 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

  • “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
  • "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
  • “Research Advisory Group  “, Chinese Arts Centre, Manchester, United Kingdom, March 21, 2013
  • “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


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