[Defile on the Irrawaddy River, Burma.]
Photographer: Klier, Philip Adolphe (c.1845-1911)
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the Second Defile on the Irrawaddy River, Burma (Myanmar), taken by Philip Adolphe Klier in the 1890s. The Irrawaddy (Ayeyarwady) is Burma’s great river and flows south from its source in the mountainous north of the country through a series of defiles or narrow gorges. The Second Defile is south of Bhamo at Sinkan, in Burma’s most northerly state of Kachin. It is shorter and not so constricted as the river’s other defiles, with its narrowest stretch over 100 metres wide. This view shows the imposing scenery of cliffs and forested hills rising from the riverbank, and the relatively calm current.