The Inmost Shrine A Photographic Odyssey of China by John Thomson 2009 Vintage Book

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the Scottish explorer John Thomson who took his bulky camera equipment into China in the late 1860s, was traversing uncharted territory. Few Chinese had ever encountered either a Westerner or a camera and were suspicious of both: cameras stole the soul.

And yet Thomson was able to photograph a China unseen by the rest of the world before then, and one that even modern, well-traveled explorers cannot easily penetrate. For all that today’s digital cameras bring to the moment, Thomson’s soul-rattling machine captured a part of history that who might otherwise have been lost.

The Inmost Shrine is an excellent addition to your vintage history of China collection or home library.


The book The Inmost Shrine is in good shape for its age with no rips or tears.

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Book dimensions:14x11x1

Collections: Vintage History Books

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