The photographic art creations collected in the Insight Taiwan photo art database capture images
taken by prominent contemporary Taiwan-born photographers of Taiwan's social life, folk beliefs and
culture spanning the eras of Japanese colonial rule (1895‒1945), Republic of China governmental
administration (1945‒1975) and pre- and post-Martial Law rule (1975‒1990). These photographers,
such as Deng Nan-Guang, Chang Tsai, Lin Shou-Yi, Wu Jin-Miao, and Li Diaolun, comprise an outstanding
older generation of Taiwanese photographic artists. Their works have won high acclaim internationally
and they are considered representative figures of modern Taiwanese photographic art.
In addition to chronicling abundant scenes of daily life in Taiwan during earlier eras, it also showcases the
trajectory of Taiwan's photo-historical development. When viewed in photographic terms, it bears
testament to the deep cultural rootedness of people, events, objects and scenes manifested in this
land of Taiwan. The images collected in this database have more than just one kind of value, they
are the elements of the Taiwan spirit, and represent a 20th century microcosm of Taiwan's development;
their historical value is without question.