Exhibition: Stephen Bulger Gallery - JOSEPH F. ROCK - China - Vintage Photographs from the National Geographic Image Collection
TORONTO, June 6, 2012 /CNW/ -
Exhibition: June 16 - July 21, 2012
Reception: Thursday, June 21, 5-8pm
There were few more colourful expeditions than those undertaken by Dr. Joseph F. Rock (1884 - 1962) in the 1920s to the far hinterlands of China. The eccentric Viennese-born botanist spent 27 years in the remote Tibetan borderlands collecting exotic plants and communing with spiritual lamas while dodging warlords and bandits. Through his photographs, Rock documented the hidden world of the Naxi and other peoples of this region.
This exhibition features vintage B&W photographs, as well as modern enlargements, from some of his many Autochrome originals. Divided into sections, the photographs display the vast and mountainous terrain traversed by Rock and a glimpse into the manner with which he travelled; surrounded by his extensive library of books and phonograph recordings, dining in appropriate fashion, and relaxing in his own tub, all of which carried from place to place by a retinue of locals.
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