Fishing, Hankow 1884 (1884)
About this artwork
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.
- title: Fishing, Hankow 1884
- accession number: PGP R 880
- artist: Pow KeeChinese (active 1880s)
- gallery: Scottish National Portrait Gallery(Print Room)
- object type: Photograph
- subject: Rivers
- materials: Albumen print
- date created: 1884
- measurements: 21.90 x 28.20 cm
- credit line: Gift of Mrs. Riddell in memory of Peter Fletcher Riddell 1985
The Chinese photographer, Pow Kee, was active in the 1880s. He was a very versatile artist able to work for a European and Chinese audience. He was familiar with the European way of seeing, while at the same time he was totally fluent in the traditional Chinese style of depicting men and nature with great economy and much poetic feeling.