Maurice-Louis Branger was a French photographer born in Fontainebleau in 1874.

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

War 1914-1918 - Observateur japonais. | MAURICE-LOUIS BRANGER (1874-1950)
Japanese observer. Tsingtao (China), 1914.
The British concession in Beijing
The English legation. Beijing (China), 1911.
Japanese observer
Japanese observer. Tsingtao (China), 1914.
Yuan Shikai (1859-1916), Chinese general, politician and "Emperor" (first row, third from the right).
Yuan Shikai (1859-1916), Chinese general, politician and "Emperor" (first row, third from the right).

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]

Sacred Way of the Ming Tombs
Sacred Way of the Ming Tombs. Beijing (China), 1911.

 

Xinhai Revolution Tuan-Fang, Viceroy of Nankin
Xinhai Revolution (or Revolution of 1911). Tuan-Fang, Viceroy of Nankin.

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]

Xinhai-Revolution
Xinhai Revolution (or Revolution of 1911). Western people on the ramparts of Hankou, at the outbreak of the revolution. China, 1911.
Wan-Ring-Chung
Xinhai Revolution (or Revolution of 1911). Wan-Ring-Chung, vice-director of the Foreign Affairs.
Panorama of Macau
Panorama of Macau (China), 1911.
Panorama of Macau (China), 1911.
Panorama of Macau (China), 1911.
Canal in Guangzhou (Canton, China), 1911.
Canal in Guangzhou (Canton, China), 1911.
Chinese junk sailing on the Yangtze river
Chinese junk sailing on the Yangtze river. China, 1911.
Pagoda. Changsha (China).
Pagoda. Changsha (China).
The Flower Pagoda (Temple of the Six Banyan Trees). Guangzhou (China)
The Flower Pagoda (Temple of the Six Banyan Trees). Guangzhou (China).
Imperial throne in the Hall of Supreme Harmony
Imperial throne in the Hall of Supreme Harmony. Forbidden City (China).
A procession in Beijing (China)
A procession in Beijing (China), 1911.
Great Wall of China near Beijing
Great Wall of China near Beijing (China), 1911.
Caravan of camels. China, 1911.
Caravan of camels. China, 1911.
Man in a cangue, form of torture. China, 1911.
Man in a cangue, form of torture. China, 1911.
Chinese men, 1911.
Chinese men, 1911.
Men. China, 1911.
Men. China, 1911.
Street of a village. China, 1911.
Street of a village. China, 1911.
Village in the mountains. China, 1911.
Village in the mountains. China, 1911.
Xinhai Revolution (or Revolution of 1911). Chinese refugees at the German fort of Beijing (China).
Xinhai Revolution (or Revolution of 1911). Chinese refugees at the German fort of Beijing (China).
Gate of the Legation Quarter. Beijing (China), 1911.
Gate of the Legation Quarter. Beijing (China), 1911.
Xinhai Revolution (or Revolution of 1911). General Sen-Kun-Pao.
Xinhai Revolution (or Revolution of 1911). General Sen-Kun-Pao.
Italian sailors. Beijing (China), 1911.
Italian sailors. Beijing (China), 1911.
Chinese children with a European nun. Beijing (China), 1911.
Chinese children with a European nun. Beijing (China), 1911.
Chinese man. China, 1911.
Chinese man. China, 1911.
District of a concession in a Chinese city. China, 1911.
District of a concession in a Chinese city. China, 1911.
Chinese men beheaded
China. The Boxer Rebellion, 1900. Chinese men beheaded by Japanese soldiers in the presence of Chinese policemen, August 1900.

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]

Procession of a Chinese wedding. Beijing (China), 1911.
Procession of a Chinese wedding. Beijing (China), 1911.
Procession of a Chinese wedding. Beijing (China), 1911.
Procession of a Chinese wedding. Beijing (China), 1911.
Street scene. Beijing (China), 1911.
Street scene. Beijing (China), 1911.
Day nursery. Beijing (China), 1911.
Day nursery. Beijing (China), 1911.
Elephant on the Sacred Way of the Ming Tombs. Beijing (China), 1911.
Elephant on the Sacred Way of the Ming Tombs. Beijing (China), 1911.
European man posing in front of a gate at the entrance of a temple. Beijing (China), 1911.
European man posing in front of a gate at the entrance of a temple. Beijing (China), 1911.
Funeral. Shanghai (China), 1911.
Funeral. Shanghai (China), 1911.
Italian sailors. Beijing (China), 1911.
Italian sailors. Beijing (China), 1911.
Pavilion at the entrance of the Catholic cathedral. Beijing (China), 1911.
Pavilion at the entrance of the Catholic cathedral. Beijing (China), 1911.
Chinese men. China, 1911.
Chinese men. China, 1911.
Italian sailors. Beijing (China), 1911.
Italian sailors. Beijing (China), 1911.
Russian sailors. Beijing (China), 1911.
Russian sailors. Beijing (China), 1911.
The Yuntai Cloud Terrace (16th century), in the surroundings of Beijing (China), 1911.
The Yuntai Cloud Terrace (16th century), in the surroundings of Beijing (China), 1911.
The Legation district. Beijing (China), 1911.
The Legation district. Beijing (China), 1911.
End of a school day. Beijing (China), 1911.
End of a school day. Beijing (China), 1911.
Europeans. Beijing (China), 1911.
Europeans. Beijing (China), 1911.
Railway line. Beijing (China), 1907.
Railway line. Beijing (China), 1907.
Camels carrying some wood near Beijing (China), 1907.
Camels carrying some wood near Beijing (China), 1907.
Chinese man-old China, 1911.
Chinese man. China, 1911.
Old Chinese man-old China, 1911.
Old Chinese man. China, 1911.
Beijing China, 1911
Beijing China, 1911
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China, 1900.
Chinese Coiffeur, Beijing, 1911
Chinese Coiffeur, Beijing, 1911
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Chinese man, China 1911
Harnessing. China, 1911.
Harnessing. China, 1911.
old china images
China 1911.
The Fengai train station. China, 1911.
The Fengai train station. China, 1911.

Harnessings. China, 1911.
Harnessings. China, 1911.
Sedan chair. China, 1911.
Sedan chair. China, 1911.
Village on the caravan road. China, 1911.
Village on the caravan road. China, 1911.
Construction of a road. China, 1911.
Construction of a road. China, 1911.
Wedding procession. Beijing (China), 1911.
Wedding procession. Beijing (China), 1911.
Beijing 1911
Beijing 1911

Source: Europeana , Parisienne de Photographie

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