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Darwent Revisited: Shanghai now and then

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Darwent Revisited: Shanghai now and then

Time: November 12, 2013 to November 22, 2013
Location: The Gallery Space, The Island, Bridewell Street, BS1 2LE
Street: Bridewell Street
City/Town: Bristol BS1 2LE
Website or Map: http://www.theislandbristol.c…
Phone: 0117 376 3457
Event Type: photography, exhibition, china, chinese
Organized By: Jamie Carstairs
Latest Activity: Oct 14, 2013

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Event Description

The Reverend Charles Darwent’s gregarious guidebook to Shanghai, Shanghai: A Handbook for Travellers and Residents, published in 1904, contains many helpful tips for photographers about where to find ‘pictures of Chinese life’.  In 2009, an album of British photographer Charles Darwent's own photos surfaced, and was kindly lent to the Historical Photographs of China team to be copied.  Inspired by this, team member Jamie Carstairs sought to recapture the spirit of the photographer-friendly guidebook, to locate and revisit the places Darwent enthusiastically describes – and to photograph whatever was there now. The resulting exhibition explores relationships between Darwent’s guidebook text, with the photos taken by Jamie, and with Darwent’s own photographs and other archive images from the Historical Photographs of China collections.  Exhibition opening hours: 10am to 6pm, 12th-22nd November 2013.

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