Fishing with Cormorants

Made:
c. 1871
photographer:
John Thomson
'Fishing With Cormorants'
      A photograph of two Chinese fishermen using cormorants to catch fish, taken by John Thomson [1837-1921] in about 1871

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'Fishing With Cormorants' A photograph of two Chinese fishermen using cormorants to catch fish, taken by John Thomson [1837-1921] in about 1871
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A photograph entitled 'Fishing with Cormorants', taken by John Thomson, c. 1871. The photograph shows two fishermen stand in small fishing boats just wide enough for them, their nets and the wicker baskets for holding their catch.

A photograph entitled 'Fishing with Cormorants', taken by John Thomson, c. 1871.

The photograph shows two fishermen stand in small fishing boats just wide enough for them, their nets and the wicker baskets for holding their catch.

Catching fish with trained water birds dates back hundreds of years in China. A string is tied around the bird's neck to prevent it from swallowing any of the fish they catch.

This photograph was published in the book, 'Foochow and the River Min' (1873), made by Thomson to document his travels up the River Min by boat from Fuzhou to Nanping, a distance of about 160 miles.

Details

Category:
Photographs
Object Number:
1992-5063/61
type:
photograph
taxonomy:
  • visual and verbal communication
credit:
The National Media Museum, Bradford