The Vultures Descend

Paul French

in Through the Looking Glass

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9789622099821
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882207622 | DOI:
The Vultures Descend

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The major event to consume foreign correspondents in China after the onslaught of the Boxers was the 1904–05 Russo-Japanese War. As it was for modern warfare, the Russo-Japanese War was revolutionary for modern photography. Arguably, the strongest images of the war came from the Russian “Photographer to the Czar” Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii. He was both the official photographer for the Russian side on the Manchurian battlefield and for the Trans-Siberian Railway project. Arriving in China just before the Russo-Japanese War, William Henry Donald was one of the most connected men in China. He cared deeply about China, despite never mastering the language or developing a taste for the cuisine. It also discusses Edwin John Dingle, or Ding Le Mei as he was known in Chinese. With the Russo-Japanese War over, for many foreigners China started to feel cosy again after the danger of the Boxers had seemingly passed.

Keywords: Russo-Japanese War; China; modern photography; Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii; William Henry Donald; Edwin John Dingle; Ding Le Mei; Boxers

Chapter.  4916 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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