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Photography in Taiwan started in the late 19th century, although only foreign officials or travelers were able to take pictures at this time. During the Japanese period many cameras were brought to Taiwan, and anthropologists, zoologists and botanists used such equipment as part of their research. A few Japanese photographers also opened “photo studios” in major cities, such as Taipei. Subsequently, photography became increasingly popular in Taiwan, and even ordinary people were able to record special occasions in life, such as those related to school, marriage or family gatherings, leaving behind not only records of wonderful memories, but also of Taiwan’s history.

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