這本書的出版是在許多人的協助下完成，在墨爾本大學的師長Anne E. McLaren與Maggie Hegarty多次在我陷於困頓之際激勵我向前。墨爾本大學圖書館中文部館長楊碧霞女士在研究上的支援，不僅在墨爾本，連我在上海與台北都能受到協助。《中國攝影》主編李波多年來的關照，使公私兩忙的我仍能持續走在攝影研究的路上。《中國攝影史》作者之一的陳申先生無私的提供許多史料與線索，讓我受益良多。在復旦大學顧錚老師的協助下，使我能順利訪問到一些攝影家親友，釐清許多疑問 。兩位攝影家的後代王雁女士與莊文駿先生不僅熱心提供研究資料，也各自促成其父執輩作品全集的發表。
I began the research that led to this book fifteen years ago in Beijing. In the dusty archive room of the Chinese Photographers’ Association, I found the precious collection of Chinese photography before 1949. It was the starting point that led me to many institutions and individuals to search for the development of Chinese art photography in the Republican era. This topic was only briefly discussed in the 1989 edition of History of Chinese Photography. With help from Li Bo, the chief editor of Chinese Photography, I interviewed Wu Yingbo (1910-2004), the last surviving member of the Black & White Photographic Society, in his Beijing residence in 2001. Wu was ninety years old at that time. We spent several hours discussing photographers in the 1930s. Many of them were not included in the official history due to political reason. At the end of the interview, I found Wu’s eyes were full of tears and his voice trembling. The topics we discussed had been buried in his head for several decades. However, he could still vividly recollect those stories. Wu’s health condition deteriorated rapidly after we met. I did not have the chance to meet him again. But his passionate voice still lingers in my head and reminds me of my original mission in starting this research. I owe a huge debt of gratitude to the people who made it possible for me to complete this book.
I am fortunate to have two great supervisors. Constantly challenging my thoughts, Anne McLaren guided me through the writing and revising of my research. Maggie Hegarty, always understanding, allowed me freedom in the creative work. They never once failed me when I needed their help.
For his friendship and trust, my heartfelt thanks to Li Bo. He opened up the China Photographers Association Archives for me in 2001. Without access to these archives, it will take another decade to collect the research material I need. I am greatly indebted to Ms. Bickhar Yeung of the University of Melbourne Library. Ms. Yeung was my greatest resource at the library. She also extended her support through her network of librarians in Hong Kong and China. I am very grateful to Chen Gong and Liang Wenchuan who assisted me at the National Library of China in Beijing in 2002. Without their help, the task of finding pre-1949 photographic journals by the usually misplaced catalog cards and photocopying pages within these fragile materials was almost impossible. My sincere thanks to Mr. Shen Enze and Ms. Zhou Li of the Shanghai Library who helped me to obtain and digitize rare Chinese pictorial periodicals from 2004 to 2007. During my three extended visits to the Shanghai Library, they helped me to set up a copy stand and digitize thousands of printed pages within the shortest time span. Many thanks to Dr. Zhou Dajun of the Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine who led me to the wealth of the Shanghai antique book markets in 2004 and became my book scout in Shanghai since then. I am thankful to Mr. Cai Tao of the Guangdong Museum of Fine Arts who generously shared his research materials with me and pointed me to the archives at the Second Historical Archives of China in Nanjing in 2007. I am very grateful to the late Dr. Lucie Cheng, former director of the UCLA Asian American Studies Center, for her stimulating comments. I also appreciate the support of Dongdong Wu who helped me to clarify some of the issues discussed here.
I met and interviewed a number of photographers active before 1949 and their families such as Mr. Zhang Zhudao, Ms. Chiang Ming, Mr. Long Zhuxi, and Mr. Zhuan Wenjun of Beijing, Mr. Ding Binxuan, Ms. Hu Hersen, and Mr. Hu Gensen of Shanghai, Ms. Wang Yan of Guangzhou, and Ms. Lang Yuwen and Mr. Zhou Zigang of Taipei. I am indebted to Li Bo and Li Mei who introduced me to the photographers in Beijing. Many thanks to Dr. Gu Zhen of the Fudan University who arranged the interview with Ms. Hu Hersen and Mr. Hu Gensen. I am thankful to Chen Shen, author of History of Chinese Photography, and Xiao Yongsheng, author of The Biography of Lang Jingshan, who led me to many archives and shared their findings with me.
Special thanks are due to my parents, Chen Hsinting and Wang Yueo, for their understanding, tolerance, and unlimited support. I feel indebted to my children, Huey and Lily. They did their best to give me the freedom to work on my project when they needed me most.
I am also very grateful to the Cheng She-wo Scholarship Program of the Shih Hsin University and the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange, their financial support funded parts of this research.
Last but not the least, I'd express my sincere gratitude to my friend Mr. Lin Shean-tung, who is owner of NEPO Gallery. To me, he resembles photography enthusiasts before 1949 that devoted his time and effort on this divine cause. Without his perseverance and support, the birth of this book is not possible.
Chen Hsueh-Sheng 2015.11.