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Baskhanov, M.K., et al [Pamir, Hunza and Kashgaria in the photographs of B. L. Grombchevskii, 1888-90]

Baskhanov, M.K., et al [Pamir, Hunza and Kashgaria in the photographs of B. L. Grombchevskii, 1888-90]
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Baskhanov, M.K., et al (ed.). Pamir, Khunza i Kashgariia v ekspeditsionnykh fotografiiakh generala B. L. Grombchevskogo (1888-1890). [Pamir, Hunza and Kashgaria on the photographs of B. L. Grombchevskii, 1888-90]. Moscow, Russian Geographical Society, 2017, 1st ed., oblong 8vo (30 x 21cm), 188 pp., b/w illus., boards, colour map. Main text in Russian, Summary in English. Print run limited to 500 copies. [01793] £180.00

 

   The publication of Russian traveller and military orientologist Bronislav Liudvigovich Grombchevskii’s (1855-1926) album of expedition photographs, undertaken by the Russian Geographical Society, is a great scientific and cultural event. Grombchevskii’s photo collection consists of about 200 photographs taken during the two Inner Asian expeditions - to Hunza and Raskam (1888) and to Eastern Bukhara, the Pamir, Raskam, the Southern Kashgaria and North-Western Tibet (1889-90). The photographic collection contains unique images of remote and unexplored territories, and peoples of Inner Asia. Grombchevskii was the first traveller to produce photographic images of a number of territories including the Pamir, Darwaz, Raskam, the Southern Kashgaria, and the second traveller, to produce photos of little-known Hunza.

   Grombchevskii’s travels occurred in the period of Anglo-Russian rivalry in Inner Asia, better known as the Great Game. In the late 19th century on the "Roof of the World” a vigorous struggle for political dominance was developing over the strategically important regions of Inner Asia, carried out by the politicians, geographers and the military. During this period, along the entire area of High Asia the struggle for possession of strategic information, primarily for the geographical features of Inner Asia, was developing.  Anglo-Russian rivalry in this area became known as the "geographical race." But this rivalry had another aspect, which is less studied by historians. It can be called the "photographical race", a rivalry between Britain and Russia for possession of visual information - photographic views of important strategic mountain passes, terrain corridors, road junctions, settlements, etc. The photographic collection of B. L. Grombchevskii, which records strategically important Inner Asian geographical objects, clearly testifies to this.

   The Grombchevskii collection includes a number of unique images relating to the history of the Great Game in Inner Asia, as well as the activities of famous British explorer and spy Francis E. Younghusband. Among them is the truly iconic image of the meeting of Russian and British expeditions in the remote area of Kaindy Auzy on the October 11, 1889. In the present publication the attribution of this famous photograph is for the first time produced.

   A substantial part of the photographs included in the present publication, were used by Grombchevskii in his travel books which were published in Poland in the mid-1920’s. However, these photographs were of poor quality, partially cropped and were not always attributed correctly. By comparison, the present publication by the Russian Geographical Society contains a complete set of photographs, in full format and with accurate attributions. B. L. Grombchevskii’s photographical collection published here is accompanied by an introductory article on the traveller as a photographer as well as a map detailing the routes of his expeditions. The currently published photographic collection holds an important historical and cultural significance. In its visual material, historians, geographers, ethnologists and anthropologists will find plenty of interesting and useful information on the region of Inner Asia.