The approach to Water-bell Temple, Ku-shan, China, 1864-1872.
© National Media Museum / Science & Society Picture Library
Plate from 'Foochow and the River Min', an album of photographs produced by the profesional photographer John Thomson (1837-1921) and published in 1873. Forty-six copies were produced for subscribers, many of whom were probably British merchants and tea planters that Thomson met during his extensive travels in China between 1864 and 1872. Thomson's oustanding photography of the scenes and people of China and the Far East earned him recognition as the first of the great photojournalists.