Inland Ports II, 2019, archival pigment print, 42 x 55 inches (composite of 25 stains)


Inland Ports III, 2019, archival pigment print, 42 x 67 inches. Composite of paper impurities, conservator repair patches, and chapter end mark illustrations.


Inland Ports I, 2019, archival pigment print, 42 x 55 inches (composite of 14 stains)


Modified scans

Untitled: “foreign settlement”, 2019

Untitled: “opium in restaurant” , 2019

Untitled: “opium in restaurant”, 2019


Untitled: “Chinese Junk (ship)”, 2019


Inland Ports

Inland Ports are digital composites of scanned water stains, insects, and paper conservation patches from John Thomson’s “Illustrations of China and its People.” Each composite is named after a caption in the anthropological travelogue published in 1873. As one of the first photographers to document East Asia, Thomson created images of Chinese laborers and trading communities during the peak of British opium importation. Yin assembles the signs of wear compounded by an unknown flood as placeholders for the forgotten accounts of these photographic subjects.