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John Thomson 
Beijing, China 
1871 (ca) 
Albumen print, from collodion negative 
Private collection 
"One of my most disagreeable experiences during my visit to Peking was a ride along the road whilst the mud from putrid pools was being ladled on to the highway to lay the dust. It would have been worse still had I, as some native had done, lost my footing in a dark night and drowned in the mire." John Thomson 1873, in 'Illustrations of China and its People' (1873/4)
Thomson chose a long shot from an elevated position over Beijing's market. (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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