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Other early photographers include Choi Su-Bok, lthough there is no shortage of original A nineteenth-century photographs of many Chang Pyo˘ng-Jin, Oh Pyo˘ng-Do, Yi Song-Yun, Far Eastern countries, Korea is a notable excep- Park P’il-Ho, Park Sam-Sik, Cho˘ng Un-Sang and tion. It is no exaggeration to say, for example, that Yi Hyo˘ng-Nok. for every one Korean print dating from the 1880s, From about 1933, photographic societies began I would expect to see 500 Japanese prints. The to be organized. Amongst these were the All- ratio for the 1870s would be worse, and 1860s Korea Photographic League and the Amateur Korean prints may be non-existent.

Felice Beato. 241 x 285mm, albumen print. 35 36 K o r e a 21. Korean prisoners on board an American ship, June 1871. Felice Beato. 192 x 240mm, albumen print. Right 22. The captured Korean standard taken from the main fort, June 1871. Felice Beato. 228 x 276mm, albumen print. Contact and Conflict 37 38 K o r e a 23. The British Garrison at Port Hamilton on Ko˘mundo island, c. 1885–7. Photographer unknown. 115 x 178mm, albumen print. The occupation of this Korean island was thought necessary to neutralize Russian activity in the area.

Red Cross hospital at Pusan, 1894. Georges Bigot. 135 x 105mm, albumen print. 47 48 K o r e a 34. Chinese and Tonghak prisoners at P’yo˘ngyang, 1894. Georges Bigot. 105 x 135mm, albumen print. The Tonghak movement evolved in 1860 as an anti-foreign organization. But it was not until 1894 that a nationalist uprising broke out. This provoked both Chinese and Japanese involvement in Korea and was the effective cause of the Sino-Japanese War.

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