Meticulously researched and beautifully produced, Photo Poetics: Chinese Lyricism and Media Culture is a valuable addition to the growing scholarship on photography in China. A seasoned literary scholar, Shengqing Wu foregrounds the interaction between the poetic tradition and the photographic medium, emphasizing the aesthetics “generated from the movement of ‘in-between’ media practices” (p. 4). Following Wu's effort in her last book, Modern Archaics,1 which argues for the continued relevance of Chinese lyricism, this volume attempts to extend this relevance to the “center of the technological transformation and at the onset of mass media” (p. 25).

Photo Poetics consists of seven chapters grouped into three parts. The first part treats the fundamental questions underlying this volume. Chapter 1 examines writings on images of the multiplied self in portrait photography to illuminate how Buddhist and Daoist concepts merge illusion with verisimilitude. Chapter 2 continues the theme of viewing the self...

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