SOAS University of London

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

Dr Marine Cabos

MA History of Art (SOAS), BA History of Art (Sorbonne IV, Paris), BA Chinese Studies (INALCO, Paris)
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Dr Marine Cabos is an art historian who specializes in the history of photography in China. Since 2011, she has been running the platform, whose goal is to present photographic material related to China. As an undergraduate in Paris, she read Chinese Studies at INALCO and History of Art at Sorbonne IV while working for authoritative cultural and magazine institutions, such as the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain and Beaux Arts Magazine in the mid-2000s.

Entering the graduate programme at SOAS, she trained in arts of China under Shane McCausland. She set up her first exhibition in China, on contemporary photography, at the Duolun Museum of Modern Art in Shanghai in 2012. She completed her doctoral thesis on early landscape photographs of China (1840s-1930s) at SOAS in 2016. The grants and honours she received during her research included: the Sir Percival David Foundation Academic and Research Fund; the École française d'Extrême-Orient (EFEO) Fieldwork grant; and the Universities' China Committee in London (UCCL) Scholarship.

Moving back and forth between London, Shanghai and Paris, she has been lecturing at SOAS, Christie's Education, the Victoria & Albert Museum, and L'École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS), while organizing exhibitions and coordinating international conferences. She has published papers on the art and history of modern and contemporary China, with a particular stress on photography. Her latest publication examines vernacular photographs taken during the Cultural Revolution published by the peer-reviewed journal Trans Asia Photography Review.


  • "L’appréhension des espaces du quotidien à Shanghai", l’Observatoire de l’architecture de la Chine contemporaine, Cité de l’architecture & du patrimoine, Paris, France, 20 mars, 2018
  • "The Printed Landscape: Photo-books and Famous Places in Early Twentieth Century China", Second Conference of the European Association for Asian Art and Archaeology, University of Zurich, Switzerland, August 24-27, 2017
  • « Repenser les archives photographiques chinoises à l’ère du Big Data », colloque TK-21 & Data Meta Data, Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art, Paris, France, 13 avril, 2017
  • "Creating heritage: photographs of ancient sites in late imperial China”, New Lenses on China: Photography in Modern Chinese History and Historiography, 2017 Wiles Colloquium, Queen's University Belfast, Northern Ireland, June 23, 2017
  • "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
  • "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


  • Postgraduate Diploma or Certificate in Asian Art - 'Photography in China' (2015-today)
  • BA Course on Chinese Contemporary Art - 'Beyond the framing, on reading photography' (2014-15)
  • 'Introduction to the Art and Archaeology of East Asia' (2013-14)
  • 'HAA Research Skills Training' (2013-14)


History of photography in China; Modern and contemporary arts of China; Founder of, platform whose goal is to present photographic material related to China.


Authored Books

Cabos, Marine (2013) Li Wei: Lightness. Hong Kong: Thircuir.


Cabos, Marine (2018) 'Creating Heritage and the Mission Paul Pelliot: Early photographs of Dunhuang and their legacy'. The Chinese Historical Review, (25) 2, pp 97-117.

Cabos, Marine (2017) 'The Cultural Revolution Through the Prism of Vernacular Photography'. Trans-Asia Photography Review, (8) 1.

Cabos, Marine (2013) 'Liu Yue : portrait d’un nouveau méditant'. Nunc Autumn, pp 45-47.

Book Chapters

Cabos, Marine (2019) 'Itinéraires dans les paysages de Chine à travers la photographie'. In: Idier, Nicholas, (ed.), L’histoire culturelle de la Chine classique et contemporaine. Paris: Robert Laffont. [Forthcoming]


Cabos, Marine (2017) 'Luo Bonian: Memories of 1930s China. Focus Photography Festival, Mumbai, India'.

Cabos, Marine (2016) 'Sandro Miller: Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich: Homage to Photographic Masters. Lianzhou Foto Festival, Lianzhou, China'.

Cabos, Marine (2015) 'Stefen Chow: The Poverty Line’, Les Nuits Photographiques and Bureau des Arts de Sciences Po, Paris, France'.

Cabos, Marine (2012) 'Brain Fashion – Concept Art Confession Group’, Duolun Museum of Modern Art (上海多伦现代美术馆), Shanghai, China'.


Cabos, Marine (2017) Seeing through landscape : french photographic archives of China (1840s - 1930s). PhD thesis. SOAS University of London. [Unpublished]


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