Collection of the week: Pump Park Vintage Photography

Collection of the week: Pump Park Vintage Photography

Since we last emailed you about the exquisite Pump Park Vintage Photography collection, we have added a further 10,000 images, so we thought you might appreciate another look.

Pump Park specialises in nineteenth century travel photographs from around the world, with an emphasis on prints from Asia; in particular India, Japan and China. It's a fascinating survey of the scenery and traditions of other lands at a time when public curiosity about overseas culture was at its height, as was an appetite to see and own photographs of exotic places.

Over the years, Pump Park have amassed a quite exceptional collection of photographs including many that are delicately hand-coloured. From Buddhist monks in Burma to Japanese geishas; bustling Bombay streets, a frozen Niagara Falls, Sumo wrestlers or South African diamond mines, they are an atmospheric record of a nineteenth century that was both globally diverse and noticeably undeveloped. Also covered are traditional crafts and trades, religion and beliefs, national dress and customs as well as theatre and entertainment. Pump Park's gorgeous collection allows us to share in this fascinating and evolving world of more than a century ago, brought to life through the photographer's lens. We particularly think some of these images would make superb book covers.

To see a selection of the now more than 13,000 Pump Park images we have online click here.

And do call us on 020 8318 0034 or email if we can help with any queries, quotes or picture research.

Mary Evans Picture Library Ltd.  59 Tranquil Vale  Blackheath  London  SE3 0BS. United Kingdom.
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