Visions of Plague: Photographs of the Third Plague Pandemic @ CRASSH, Cambridge [15 February]

Visions of Plague: Photographs of the Third Plague Pandemic


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15
February
17:30 - 19:00

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CRASSH
Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, CB3 9DT Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
Exhibition Opening with an introductory talk by Dr Christos Lynteris, followed by a reception.

The exhibition runs from 15 February — 2 March 2018

The third pandemic of plague (in its bubonic and pneumonic clinical forms) struck the globe with devastating results between 1894 and 1959. It was the first time that plague would reach and establish itself in all inhabited continents. It was also the first time that any epidemic would be photographed. As plague spread from harbour to harbour, and amongst cities, towns and villages, so did photographs of the pandemic through reproductions in the daily and illustrated press. The exhibition Visions of Plague showcases for the first time this founding moment in epidemic photography. Showing photographs collected and digitized from across the world by the ERC-funded project Visual Representations of the Third Plague Pandemic, the exhibition takes us from the frozen steppes of Manchuria to San Francisco, Brazil, India and Madagascar, where epidemics of plague challenged colonial and national forms of government, reshaped the urban environment and generated new ways of understanding infectious diseases.

The exhibition Visions of Plague: Photographs of the Third Plague Pandemic was realised with the cooperation of the Wellcome Library, the San Francisco Public Library, the Institute of Experimental Medicine, the Hong Kong University Library Special Collections, the Centre for South Asian Studies (Cambridge), the Joseph Needham Research Institute, the New York Academy of Medicine Library, and the Institut Pasteur Archives.

You can follow the project on Twitter @visualplague

Please note: This exhibition contains images of a medical nature.
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