Along China’s Coast: Dezső Bozóky’s Photographs From 1908–1909

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UMAG expands on its 2016 exhibition Pictures of the Past to present Hungarian photographer Dezső Bozóky’s even larger group of photographs he took along China’s coast from 1908–1909—documenting inhabitants, the countryside and the city.


A naval officer with the Austro-Hungarian Navy, Dezső Bozóky first left Hong Kong for Canton before travelling to Fujian province, Shanghai and Beijing, capturing the countryside and cities, along with their inhabitants, with his camera.

The photographer’s interest in nature and architecture and, above all, the Qing dynasty street scenes and people he met, continue to transmit the excitement and wonder of this early European traveler in a country and culture so far from his own. This year’s exhibition records an abundance of impressions from areas of China that have undergone phenomenal amounts of social and economic change.

For 70 of the years since Dezső Bozóky’s journey along China’s coast, Hungary has had a diplomatic representation in Hong Kong—a history that is celebrated with this exhibition.


When: 8 Nov 2019 - 29 Dec 2019 Where: 1/F, T.T. Tsui Building, University Museum and Art Gallery, HKU – 90 Bonham Road – Pokfulam