Couple eating and drinking

Material Information

Couple eating and drinking La vie quotidienne au Yunnan
Series Title:
Objects of instruction : treasures of SOAS
François, Auguste, 1857-1935
Francois, Auguste, 1857-1935 ( contributor )
方苏雅 ( contributor )
Place of Publication:
[Kunming, China]
Publication Date:


Subjects / Keywords:
云南府 ( 亞洲 - 中國 - 雲南 - 昆明 )
亚洲 - 中国 - 云南 - 昆明
Spatial Coverage:
Asia -- China -- Yunnan -- Kunming
25.066667 x 102.683333


Documentary films, China, Yunnan Sheng, street scenes, earliest film of china, Kunming? The film owned by SOAS is comes from a compilation of films produced after the turn of the century by Auguste François (1857-1935). Stationed as the French Consul in China between 1896 and 1904, François spent several years in Kunming (then known as Yunnan-fu) in Yunnan. An avid photographer, François also filmed scenes of daily life around him using a camera lent to him by the Lumières brothers. While not the earliest moving images to be taken in China (that honour goes to Joseph Rosenthal) these are certainly among the very earliest and provide a rare and fascinating insight into life in China at that time. -- François gives a European’s view of China, contrasting scenes of the governing classes (such as meetings with officials or processions) with ordinary street life. He reveals sketches of street-side life, from the vendors and the grocers selling their wares to the local ear-cleaners and flea-pickers, famous for their dexterity. François differed from many other colonial-era officials in that he took time to learn Chinese and understand Chinese customs, history and arts of living. This interest in Chinese culture is reflected in the film in the range of subjects and activities covered by the thirty or so open air scenes which portray, amongst other things, streets, markets, temples, craftsmen, actors, beggars, showmen, soldiers and convicts. Walter Stanish believes that some scenes were set in Yunnan but that the majority were set in Jian Shui. ( en )
General Note:
Creative Commons (CC)-Lizenzen: Namensnennung-NichtKommerziell unter gleichen Bedingungen 4.0 international (CC BY-NC).
General Note:
Creative Commons: Attribution-Pas d'Utilisation Commerciale (CC BY-NC).
General Note:
The 'Objects of instruction : the treasures of SOAS' exhibition was funded through a generous gift from the Foyle Foundation and with the support of the Arts & Humanities Research Council.
General Note:
VIAF (name authority) : François, Auguste, 1857-1935 : 41876655

Record Information

Source Institution:
SOAS, University of London
Rights Management:
This film is believed to be in the public domain. -- Creative Commons (by-nc-nd). -- This image may be used in accord with Creative Commons license Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs.
Resource Identifier:
MI/3186 ( SOAS catalog reference )


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