Event Detail


A Glimpse of 1900s Canton and Hong Kong: Dezso Bozoky's Photography of South China

Dr Florian Knothe
Tuesday, 25 Aug 2020
7.00 pm to 8.00 pm
The webinar link is going to be sent to members at 12.30 pm on 25 August. Please note this webinar is for members and their guests only and is free of charge.
In this fascinating virtual photographic tour, Dr Florian Knothe guides the audience through the beauty of Canton and Hong Kong in the early 20thC. His talk follows Hungarian explorer and naval doctor Dezso Bozoky on his travels to the Far East during the first decade of 20thC. Bozoky recorded his journey in a hitherto unpublished diary and photographed hundreds of images that today present rare beautiful views of Canton and Hong Kong, and the bustling world-famous Victoria Harbour.

In an ever developing Hong Kong, Bozoky’s beautiful black-and-white and hand-coloured pictures present historic documents that offer insights into the bustling merchant town, culturally mixed society and lush natural landscape that he encountered.  Bozoky’s images displayed a foreign world to his compatriots at home in Europe where they formed a treasure trove of information in early 1900s, just as they do today.

This event is organised as an exciting virtual presentation focusing on both Bozoky's Hong Kong and Canton photography with a fascinating commentary by Dr Knothe.

Dr Florian Knothe is the Director of the University Museum and Art Gallery at the University of Hong Kong.  He teaches the history of decorative arts in the 17th and 18th century with particular focus on the social and historic importance of royal French manufacture.  He has long been interested in the early modern fascination with Chinoiserie and the way royal workshops and smaller private enterprises helped to cater to this long-lasting fashion.  He has also worked at The Metropolitan Museum of Art focusing on European Sculpture and Decorative Arts and on European and East Asian glass at The Corning Museum.


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