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Fishing, Hankow 1884

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Fishing, Hankow 1884 1884

Not on display

Hankow (presently written Hankou) is one of three towns included in modern day Wuhan, where the Han and Yangtze rivers merge, approximately 628 km (425 miles) west of Shanghai. The photographer seems to be taking pleasure in the shapes and pattern made by the people and the upturned parasol, rather than in a story unfolded by the image. The asymmetry of the composition and the clear reflection of the figures in the water are a reference to the Chinese philosophical view of the balance in nature and art.

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The arrangement of different elements in a work of art.



  • Acc. No. PGP R 880
  • Medium Albumen print
  • Size 21.90 x 28.20 cm
  • Credit Gift of Mrs. Riddell in memory of Peter Fletcher Riddell 1985