ChineseHistory of Photography 1840-1937 was jointly compiled by Ma Yunzeng, Chen Shen, Hu Zhichuan, Qian Zhangbiao, Peng Yongxiang and etc. Its completion was based on extensive retrieval and research of historical literature from late Qing Dynasty and the Republic of China. It is a relatively complete book on Chinese dynastic history of photography. It is a pioneering work. Owing to the scarcity of historical materials, authors of this book encountered a lot of difficulty. However, they overcame them, and eventually accomplished this book which is very important to the research field of Chinese photography.