Friday, May 13, 2011

Trolley Line in Seoul, Korea 1898-1900

Photographs from one of Burton Holmes's volumes, his trip to Korea in 1898-1900 — there is some debate as to which trip and what year these photos were taken.

The line had only recently been opened in Seoul when Holmes visited with still cameras and a Gaumont motion picture camera, and took the first known movies in Korea. Some of this film has survived and has been restored with funding by a Korean institution. I believe there is footage of a trolley shot (a dolly shot, shot from the front of a moving trolley), among the first of this kind.

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