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John Thomson 
Yangtse Gorge, China 
1871 
  
Albumen print, from collodion negative 
Private collection 
 
LL/31347 
  
After a dry summer, the water levels in the Yangtse were unusually low when Thomson took this beautiful photograph. This view disappeared forever when the Gezhou Dam was built in the 1950s, raising the river levels substantially as one of China's first hydro-electric and flood-prevention schemes. (John Hannavy, 2008)
 
This photograph was included in the book by John Hannavy "Great Photographic Journeys - in the footsteps of Pioneer British Photographers" (Dewi Lewis Publishing, 2008 - # ISBN-10: 1904587542, # ISBN-13: 978-1904587545)
 
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John Thomson, Illustrations of China and Its People, a Series of Two Hundred Photographs with Letterpress Description of the Places and People Represented, 4 vols. (London: Sampson Low, Marston Low, and Searle, 1873 [vols. 1 and 2] and 1874 [vols. 3 and 4]), Vol.3, Plate XXIV. No.51. The Wu-Shan Gorge, Province of Szechuan 
 
 
  

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