Faraway Places: Travel photography of the 19th century 

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Exhibition now closed 24 Feb – 19 Sep 2011
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Fountains Abbey, the Chapel of the Nine Altars, interior. From the illustrated book: Philip H. Delamotte and Joseph Cundall, 'A photographic tour among the abbeys of Yorkshire', Bell and Daldy, 1856 circa 1856, Delamotte, Philip (1820–1889), Yorkshire. Te Papa
Fountains Abbey, the Chapel of the Nine Altars, interior. From the illustrated book: Philip H. Delamotte and Joseph Cundall, 'A photographic tour among the abbeys of Yorkshire', Bell and Daldy, 1856 circa 1856, Delamotte, Philip (1820–1889), Yorkshire. Te Papa
In the 19th century, enterprising European photographers travelled to distant places such as Egypt, India, China, the American West, and the Pacific. Through the photographs they brought back, for the first time, people who had not travelled could see what the world looked like.

Later in the century, tourism as we know it today emerged, and local photographers in these countries supplied a demand for souvenir images to take home. Faraway Places shows an intriguing selection of both these types of photographs.

The exhibition runs until September, but in June the photographs currently on display will be replaced to limit their exposure to the damaging effects of light. An entirely new selection of photographs will then be displayed.