View Of An Old Village, Kowloon Peninsula, Hong Kong [c1946] Hedda Morrison [RESTORED]

Entitled: View Of An Old Village, Kowloon Peninsula, Hong Kong [c1946] H Morrison [RESTORED] I did minor spot repair, lightened the tone a bit, removed the grainy clouds, and added a final sepia tone.

 

Hedda Morrison was a tremendous resource for images from the latter part of the Republican China years, photographing extensively with a 2 1/4 Rolleiflex Twin Lens (my personal roll film favorite) during her 13 year stay in China (from 1933 - 1946). Coincidentally, she then married into the family of and bears the name of another very famous China photographer; she married George Ernest Morrison's son, Alastair in 1946. Besides photography in China, she was also known for a large body of image work in Malaysia and Australia (where she died in 1991). Her husband, generously donated her life's work, divided between Harvard University and Australia's Power House Museum of Science & Design.

 

This image was found on Harvard University's VIA (Visual Information Access) Search Engine under Record Identifier: olvwork348421

 

It's hard to imagine that nearly all the farmland in Kowloon has been paved over and now filled with high rises. The earliest in my life that I had seen Kowloon was around 1961. I was just a young boy then, but I can still recall seeing (and being quite jealous of) farmboys riding the water buffaloes.

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Taken on November 17, 2009