The Townshend Johnson Expedition
explores the Bamian Valley.

Bamian, 1937

The expedition was organized by three Harvard University students: A. Townshend Johnson, Benjamin Rowland, Jr., and F. Bailey Vanderhoef, Jr. Their shared passion for Asian art culminated in a round-the-world journey to see the wonders of Central and South Asia. While Johnson died tragically in World War II, Rowland later taught Asian art history at Harvard, and Vanderhoef became an
expert on Tibetan culture.

Courtesy of the National Archives Still Picture Unit. 306-NT-840-1.


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