Thursday, 4 February 2010

Photo exhibition shows life in China in 1870s

Photo exhibition shows life in China in 1870s

News here of a fascinating-sounding exhibition that is being run up in Liverpool. Fascinating because it chronicles a landscape and way of life that has long since vanished and preserves it for our (and future generations') enjoyment and edification. It is also interesting to read of the way in which the photographer went about capturing his images. All too often when we see or hear of stories involving Victorians visiting foreign countries we automatically envisage some form of evil imperialism; the subjugation of the native population, the stripping of natural resources and so on. But here is a pleasant reminder that it was not always like this and that the photographer treated his subjects and their country with respect and admiration, which makes the pictures all the more enjoyable in my opinion.

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