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Chinese man tracks aging process in 63 self-portraits from 1907

2017-03-14 13:35 ChineseTime


Ye Jinglv at age 21. [Photo/chinadaily.com.cn]

Taking a photo of yourself each day or each year to record your personal changes is not a new thing, at least not in China.

As early as the late Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), a 27-year-old businessman, Ye Jinglv, decided to take a self-portrait every year. The last photo was taken in 1968 before he died at age 88 later that year.

The 63 self-portraits are now on show in Shanghai, documenting the changes in a man over a long period.

Born in Fuzhou in 1881, Ye went to work in London at 15. And during his five year's in Britain, he studied photography and developed a strong interest in it.

His photos were found by collector Tong Bingxue.


Ye Jinglv at age 28. [Photo/Xinhua]

3月12日,由上海图书馆主办的“观我——叶景吕肖像志1907-1968”在上海开展,展示了收藏家仝冰雪收藏的叶景吕先生的63幅肖像作品。

叶景吕,一个普通的中国人,自27岁(1907年)起连续62年每年都到照相馆给自己留存一张肖像照,以之为其本年“观我”之仪式,折射出主人公为“我”而存在,及其自尊、自爱、自省之人生态度。


Ye Jinglv at age 29. [Photo/Xinhua]


Ye Jinglv at age 30. [Photo/gmw.cn]


Ye Jinglv at age 31. [Photo/gmw.cn]


Ye Jinglv at age 35. [Photo/chinadaily.com.cn]


Ye Jinglv at age 41. [Photo/Xinhua]


Ye Jinglv at age 58. [Photo/Xinhua]


Ye Jinglv at age 66. [Photo/chinadaily.com.cn]


Ye Jinglv at age 69. [Photo/Xinhua]

(China Daily)

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