Street puppet theatre, Peking – Photo of the day
Published by Kathy Hackett on July 25, 2011 in Photo of the day.
Street puppet theatre, Peking
“Much of the life of Peking people took place in the streets. Most household essentials were hawked through the streets, each hawker with his distinctive cry accompanied by an equally distinctive clapper or hand gong or trumpet. Some brought entertainment for the children such as puppet shows and performing animals…
The puppet master would roam the streets and set up his booth on the street or in a private courtyard, whenever it was wanted.”
From Hedda Morrison, A Photographer in Old Peking, Oxford University Press, 1985, p.137 and 157.
Photographer Hedda Morrison, (1908-1991), was born Hedda Hammer in Stuttgart, Germany. She acquired her first camera, a Box Brownie, at the age of 11. In 1931, after completing studies at the State Institute for Photography in Munich and working in the studio of photographer Adolf Lazi (1884-1955), she answered an advertisement in a photography journal for a job in Peking.
In Peking Morrison managed Hartung’s photographic studio from 1933-1938. After her contract expired she continued to work freelance from a small darkroom in her home in Nanchang Street. The young photographer travelled around the city, usually by bicycle, often photographing its inhabitants. This photograph, is part of the Hedda Morrison Photographic Collection
Post by Kathy Hackett, Photo Librarian
Photography by Hedda Morrison
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