He began to work as a photographer beginning in 1895. Around 1905 Branger created the photo reportage agency Photopresse.
The following images were taken between 1900 and 1914 in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Macau, Changsha, and other places.
Old China photos of the Boxer Rebellion, Xintai uprising, foreign concessions and daily life
Yuan Shikai (袁世凱; 16 September 1859 – 6 June 1916) was a Chinese general and warlord, famous for his influence during the late Qing dynasty, his role in the events leading up to the abdication of the last Qing Emperor, his autocratic rule as the first formal President of the Republic of China, and his short-lived attempt to restore monarchy in China, with himself as the Hongxian Emperor [wikipedia]
The Xinhai Revolution (辛亥革命), also known as the Chinese Revolution or the Revolution of 1911, was a revolution that overthrew China’s last imperial dynasty (the Qing dynasty) and established the Republic of China (ROC). The revolution was named Xinhai (Hsin-hai) because it occurred in 1911, the year of the Xinhai (辛亥, metal pig) stem-branch in the sexagenary cycle of the Chinese calendar. [wikipedia]
The Boxer Rebellion was a violent anti-foreign, and anti-Christian uprising that took place in China between 1899 and 1901, towards the end of the Qing dynasty. It was initiated by the Militia United in Righteousness (Yihetuan, the “Boxers”), for many of their members had been practitioners of the martial arts, such as boxing. They were motivated by proto-nationalist sentiments and opposition to Western colonialism and associated Christian missionary activity. [wikipedia]