Botanical and Cultural Images of Eastern Asia, 1907-1927
“A good set of photographs are really about as important as anything you can bring back with you.” — Charles Sargent to E. H. Wilson, December 1906
See What they saw
Meet the explorers
The Arnold Arboretum’s collection of eastern Asian photographs represents the work of intrepid plant explorers who traveled to exotic lands in the early years of the twentieth century and returned to the Arboretum with not only seeds, live plants, and dried herbarium specimens, but also with remarkable images of plants, people, and landscapes.
We invite all armchair travelers who have become desktop explorers to visit early twentieth century Asia through the archival images of our earliest plant collectors.