Monthly Archives: January 2013

Darwent’s Shanghai

We have been quiet recently, but busy, preparing a modest exhibition which responds to a favourite in our collections, the photographs of the Reverend Charles Ewart Darwent, minister of the Union Church Shanghai (新天安堂) from 1899-1919. As well as publishing … Continue reading

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Patience and trust

Sometimes a genre photograph holds a surprise, or a redeeming punctum, as elucidated by Roland Barthes.  In this photograph (Ru02-20), taken on a hot dusty street, probably in Peking (Beijing), c.1905, a dog takes advantage of the shade of the … Continue reading

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Laundry

These two photographs from unrelated collections show women washing clothes on rocks.  Whilst doing their own work together in a communal way, one imagines the women having neighbourly conversations, perhaps even singing. The images have several similarities and may have … Continue reading

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