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1899. There are thirty-four leaves and seventy-eight breathtaking photos in this 11.25" x 15.5" photo album with albumen prints from Burma, Ceylon, India, Malaysia, China, and perhaps Thailand and Tibet, etc. Within the album are studio portraits with wonderfully detailed settings, as well as more informal outdoor portraits and photos of scenes in a variety of places. To see people from so many cultures represented so beautifully in their respective cultural power is an amazing thing to witness. The album displays an astonishing array of lives and livelihoods across Asia, from people in fantastic traditional dress, to individuals who appear to be of great importance dripping in jewels, to dancers, ritual performers and snake handlers, to farmers and harvesters, to children, families, and groups of women, to grievers sitting with the dead, to beggars, to elephant handlers, to prostitutes, to criminals punished, to village life, to barbers, to monks and temples, to traditional doctors and nurses, to a tiger hunt, to chiefs and merchants, and even a cricket match. Each image captured, from beggar to palace, was done so with an immaculate eye; the framing and exposure and technical skill of the photos, as well as the poses of each subject, let the eye linger on each striking and evocative shot. A few photos have photographer marks and include P. Klier of Rangoon, Skeen & Co., G.R. Lambert, Scowen, C.A. Co Ltd, and at least one blind stamp that I cannot make out. Some are identified within the negative and include: Kandian Chief, Burmese Lady, Malay Lady, Malay Women, Tamil Girl … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: House of Mirth Photos [Easthampton, MA, U.S.A.]
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