by Annie Churdar in New Photography on Tuesday 26 February 2013

During the turn of the 19th century, China was home to a lovely clash of East-meets-West culture. And lucky for us, Louis-Philippe Messelier, a French wool trader turned photojournalist, was there to capture the energy of the period in this series of black and white photos. Anything from unusual street performers, pristine countryside, film studios, and the images of the reigning aristocracy all of it finds its way into this portrait of a rapidly modernized China. It’s truly an elegant juxtaposition.