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Rev Francis John Griffith travelled as a Missionary aroud Outer Mongolia in the 1920's.<br />
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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.<br />
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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.<br />
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His encounters were captured using a handheld camera that he carried with him at all times.<br />
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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.<br />
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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.<br />
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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.