Tuesday, March 01, 2011

John Thomson’s Illustrations of China and its people, 1873-1874

John Thomson’s Illustrations of China and its People, 1873-1874 at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. "...John Thomson (1837-1921), a pioneering Scottish geographer and traveler, was the first known photographer to document the people and landscape of China for publication and dissemination to the Western world. Between 1868 and 1872, he traveled over 6,500 kilometers with his cumbersome camera and equipment, darkroom and chemicals capturing all aspects of Chinese life. The photographs in these four volumes show the many sides of China: sweeping landscapes, royalty and ruling classes, merchants and economic activity, everyday life, and the faces of men, women, and children."


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