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Archive of the month shows the photos of an anthropologist

Edmund Leach

Edmund Leach in China, c. 1934

The Archive of the month for February looks at the life and photography of the anthropologist Sir Edmund Leach (1910-1989).

Leach studied Engineering at Clare College, Cambridge, but after several years working for a trading company in China he developed an interest in anthropology. He returned to university and eventually became a Reader in Anthropology at Cambridge and Provost of King's College.

The Archive of the month shows photos Leach took as part of his field work in Burma (Myanmar) and on Botel Tobego (an island off Taiwan).

See the February Archive of the month.

The literary critic Frank Kermode interviewed Leach in 1982 and you can watch the interview on alanmacfarlane.com. Alan Macfarlane is himself an anthropologist and a Fellow of King's.

Posted: Monday 4 February 2013 | News | News archive