BNPS.co.uk (01202 558833)
Rev Griffith with local dignitaries in north China.
Rev Francis John Griffith travelled as a Missionary aroud Outer Mongolia in the 1920's.
A fascinating collection of early 20th century photos of Mongolia and China which were taken by a British vicar doing missionary work have been unearthed after 97 years.
Through his famine relief work Reverend Francis John Griffith was able to get a remarkable insight into the lives of the native population and their nomadic existence.
His encounters were captured using a handheld camera that he carried with him at all times.
In one image a family goes about its business outside the hut that is their home, while another image is of a man riding a camel which was the typical method of transport.
Revd Griffith was able to get native elders to sit for him in portraits and there are intimate snaps of women and children wearing elaborate native headdresses.
As well as the people, Revd Griffith took an interest in the surroundings and photographed temples and prominent buildings in addition to the vast, desert landscape.