A new set of images, showing Japan and China in the 1890s, is now online. Dougan 86 is an intriguing mix of professional photographs and amateur snapshots. Despite the technical flaws and haphazard composition of some of the images, they are an appealing, immediate record of people, places and events.
The album contains 124 photographs, mostly albumen with some silver gelatine prints. They feature landscapes and urban scenes, including many views of temples and shrines. The same group of people (above) appear in quite a few of the photographs but their identities are currently unknown.
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