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Distant Worlds: Shanghai and Hong Kong in the 1930’s – Museum of Chinese Australian History, Melbourne

Posted: May 30th, 2018 | No Comments »

The Museum of Chinese Australian History is launching a new exhibition that explores amateur photographer Henry (Harry) Curtis adventures in Shanghai and Hong Kong. The photographs taken over eighty years ago are from the Chinese Museum’s permanent collection.

Curtis captivating images reveal his rapport with the people he photographs despite language and cultural differences.

His photographs do not romanticize his subjects; he observes them and relates to them as people. Joyce Agee, Senior Curator, Chinese Museum

Many of the prints in the exhibition were produced by Curtis, a radiographer for British hospitals, and reflect his sophisticated skills in the darkroom.

Through Harry Curtis lens, we experience Distant Worlds and the Shanghai and Hong Kong of the mid-1930s. In less than seven years, these vibrant cities were to be immeasurably changed with the outbreak of WWII.

Dates:  – 
Times: 10am-4pm

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