The Harbour, Moulmein
Photographer: Klier, Philip Adolphe (ca.1845-1911)
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph with a view of the harbour at Moulmein (or Mawlamyaing) taken in Burma (Myanmar) by Philip Adolphe Klier in the 1890s. The town lies on the coast of south-east Burma at the mouth of the Salween (or Thanlwin) River where it meets the Gulf of Mottama (Martaban). Moulmein was capital of British-held Lower Burma from 1827-1852, during which period it became a centre for the export of teak and rice and consequently an important seaport for shipping. In the foreground are a rowing boat and local river craft, sampans with arched mats covering the aft section and up-curved bows. In the distance are sailing ships at anchor and a steamer with the Mottama hills on the horizon. Klier, of German origin, started his career as professional photographer in 1871 in Moulmein. He specialised in art photography, his work was published in art books, and he eventually became a dealer in arts and crafts.