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Fishing, Hankow 
1884 
  
Albumen print 
21.9 x 28.2 cm 
  
National Galleries of Scotland 
Acc. No. PGP R 880 
  
 
LL/56761 
  
(Curatorial caption, accessed 23 November 2014)
Hankow (presently written Hankou) is one of three towns included in modern day Wuhan, where the Han and Yangtze rivers merge, approximately 628 km (425 miles) west of Shanghai. The photographer seems to be taking pleasure in the shapes and pattern made by the people and the upturned parasol, rather than in a story unfolded by the image. The asymmetry of the composition and the clear reflection of the figures in the water are a reference to the Chinese philosophical view of the balance in nature and art. 
 

 
  
 
  
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