The City of Flowers
Dezső Bozóky’s Canton Photographs
ISBN : 978-988-74707-0-0
Distributed for HKU Museum and Art Gallery 香港大學美術博物館
104 pages, 9″ x 9″, 35 hand-colored images
As a naval officer with the Austro-Hungarian Navy, Dezső Bozóky first departed Hong Kong for Canton in 1908, before travelling to Fujian, Shanghai and Beijing, where he documented the countryside and numerous cities along China’s coast. The City of Flowers brings together Bozóky’s diary excerpts and photographs from his travels through Canton and Guangdong province. All of the images presented here were digitised from Bozóky’s hand-coloured glass slides which are held in the permanent collection of the Ferenc Hopp Museum of Asiatic Arts in Budapest.
Witness to the end of China’s Imperial Era, Bozóky recorded his impressions from regions that were undergoing phenomenal socio-economic change. His interest in nature and architecture and, above all, the Qing dynasty street scenes and people he met along the way, continue to transmit the excitement and wonder of this early European traveler in a country and culture far from his own.