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Exhibition of photographs of Shanghai past and present at The Island

24 September 2013

Darwent Revisited: Shanghai now and then explores the relationship between past and present photographs of the city.

'Darwent Revisited: Shanghai now and then' explores the relationship between past and present photography of the city. The exhibition displays original photographs made by Rev. Charles Darwent for his 1904 guidebook Shanghai: a handbook for travellers and residents to the chief objects of interest in and around the foreign settlement and native city' and recent images by Jamie Carstairs, digitisation officer and photographer of the Historical Photographs of China project. In 2009, an album of Darwent’s own photographs was lent to the Historical Photographs of China team, inspiring Carstairs to revisit the places Darwent describes – and to photograph whatever was there now.

Charles Darwent, 'Foochow Junk'

Charles Darwent, 'Foochow junk with cargo of
poles, Shanghai' © 2009 Jane Hayward

'Darwent Revisited' is supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, through the British Inter-university China Centre, and by the British Academy.

The exhibition is on at The Island from Tuesday 12th November to Friday 22nd November 2013, 10am – 6pm.

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