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Interesting album of photographs from French Indochina for sale

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An interesting album of photographs taken in French Indochina in the 1880s is currently for sale. It contains 118 albumen prints of views of people, landscapes and temples. It may well have been compiled by a French colonial officer as it is unlikely a local would have had photographic equipment and the pictures have clearly been posed for someone in authority. The most interesting ones are of people: sick beggars, musicians, opium smokers, rich Chinese women and members of the local upper classes. Two images show decapitation scenes and there is a large group portrait of French soldiers and native auxiliary troops (La Garde indigene).

The album is being sold by the auction house Galerie Bassenge in a timed auction ending on December 3 2014. The estimate is Euros 1,500-1,800. You can get further details on www.invaluable.com.

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