Georges Auguste Morache
29 cm x 22 cm
Georges Morache is now widely recognised as a landmark figure in 19th century Chinese photography, but for many decades his career was little known to scholars. Morache was one of the first photographers active in Beijing, and he was the first to feature the people of the city as he saw them on the street. While these photographs have the naturalistic appearance of a real-life encounter, in reality many were made in the courtyard of the French legation in Beijing. There the light was strong, and Morache could photograph without interruption. In this photograph he shows a blind vendor of toys and noisemakers, possibly for a festival, announcing their availability with a gong.