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About the Work

This work was photographed in an obscure Protestant cemetery in Macau, South China. Each gravestone tells a tale: a British sailor "murdered by Chinese" as his ship plys the odious opium trade; another unfortunate sailor "falling from aloft"; an American responsible for introducing the Japanese to the world's first telecommunication system, the "magnetic telegraph". I photographed the frieze for this work in a Borneo mangrove swamp on the opposite shore of the South China Sea which in the 19th and early 20th centuries was little more than a commercial lake for the west.

About Vaughan Grylls

Born 10th December 1943 in Newark, Nottinghamshire and attended art schools at Nottingham, Wolverhampton, Goldsmiths' and the Slade. He has taught at several art schools in the UK and the US.

From 1996 to 2005 he was Director of the Kent Institute of Art and Design. In 2005 he resigned to concentrate full-time on his own work after joining the Kent and the Surrey Institutes of Art and Design to make the University for the Creative Arts.

″I still use the same approach to my work: I get an idea, think of the title and then make the work. So not much has changed since 1964″

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