A large proportion of Chinese women in the late nineteenth century had their feet bound small while they were children. The woman seen in this late nineteenth century photograph was an entertainer, a sing-song girl, but footbinding was also practiced by the families of scholars and merchants.
First Color Photographs of China, 1912 Albert Kahn
These images are most-probably the first Colour Photographs of China, taken in 1912 by Albert Kahn. “In 1909 the millionaire French banker and philanthropist Albert Kahn embarked on an ambitious project to create a colour photographic record of, and for, the peoples of the world.” Throughout the years Kahn took 72000 pictures, which were until recently relatively unheard of.