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1868Asia • China 
John Thomson
Itinerant Barbers 
1880 (ca)
John Thomson begins work on his magnum opus Illustrations of China and its People. The book, illustrated by Woodbury-type reproductions from his original photographs, is published four volumes in 1873-74 (London: Sampson Low, Marston, Low, and Searle)
1868North America • USA 
Alexander Gardner
Across the Continent on the Union Pacific Railway 
Alexander Gardner completes Union Pacific Railroad portfolio, Across the Continent on the Kansas Pacific Railroad and it is among the first of the major landscape photographic studies of the American west.
1868North America • USA 
Carleton E. Watkins
#985 Effects of the Earthquake, Oct. 21, 1868, Market and First Streets (Detail) 
[Taber Pacific Coast Views] 
Carleton E. Watkins photographs the destruction of the San Francisco earthquake that ruptured the Hayward fault at 7:53 AM local time. (21 October 1868)
1869North America • USA 
A.J. Russell
East and West shaking hands at laying last rail 
[Photographs taken during construction of the Union Pacific Railroad] 
The golden spike is driven at Promontory Point, Utah Territory, linking the Union Pacific and the Central Pacific railroads. This completes the construction of the first Transcontinental railway in North America and the ceremony is photographed by Andrew J. Russell , Alfred Hart and Charles Roscoe Savage. (10 May 1869)
1869Europe • FranceThe first issue of Revue Photographique des Hopitaux de Paris appears. Edited by Dr. A. de Montmeja, a Parisian ophthalmologist and pioneering medical photographer, it is the first medical journal to contain photographs. [Read about]
1869Europe • FranceLouis Ducos du Hauron publishes Les Couleurs en Photographie, Solution du Probleme that proposes the subtractive color process.
1870North America • USAHenry R. Heyl of Philadelphia patents the Magic lantern projector.

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