An active leader in the
But Gamble also had training as a sociologist and a passion for photography.
A collection of more than 5,000 Gamble images is available in the
The exhibit, co-curated by Duke archivist
He collected slides for presentations, but he offered a different set of images depending on his audience.
For the general public, Zhou said, he might focus his selections on landscapes and architecture. But when addressing academics, Gamble showed more of the people and how they lived.
"He paid attention to their regular everyday life," Hong said. "The modernization of their schools, their prisons, their orphanages."
Gamble's photos earned acclaim from British historian
Hong, an associate professor of Chinese literature and culture, said that above all, he is glad that every image from Gamble's collection is available to anyone online in the digital collection.
"What I'm most proud of is that everything is digitized and it's free to anybody who wants to see it," Hong said. "These are the super high-resolution images, too."
It's not clear whether Gamble himself colored any of the lantern slides, but Zhou suspects that he at the very least oversaw the process.
"I find the colors in these images strikingly true, suggesting that they were done by someone familiar with the scene or the culture," Zhou wrote in a blog post for Duke's libraries website.
She's been working with the images since
"With these images, you can see his genuine love and interest in these people and their culture," Zhou said.
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