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Photos by Henri Decron, 1906

In 1906 the French government sent an expedition to Yunnan to assess the feasibility and cost of building a line of railway from the frontier of Tonkin, under French protectorate (nowadays Vietnam) to reach Yunanfu, capital of Yunnan province.
Henri Decron, a member of this expedition, realizes then more than two hundred photographs on glass plates.
You can read a document of the Société des Batignolles who built this railway track actually still in operation today: "The railway from Yunnan was an foolish achievement following an overwhelming colonial policy and it was achieved despite incredible difficulty and has all the characteristics of an real epic ... "
The images displayed show the preparatory stage: the route of the line along the walls of towering Yunnan mountains. They can also explore the architecture and people then living in this province called "the country south of the clouds."
Marie-Jose Lafon, owner of the glass plates and members of the PCC Photography Creation & Communication in Montauban, fired a selection of forty of these images on photo paper. This exhibition has been presented in several places in France, in Tarn and Garonne and the premises of the Alliance Franco-Chinese in Toulouse.
Exhibition : Beijing (Pekin) in November 2010, Shanghai in December - Hong Kong in January

February 2014 : Toulouse Galerie PINXIT, Exhibition by Vincent Guyot, with the assistance of Airbus Industries.

Categories & Keywords
Category:Travel and Places
Subcategory:Asia
Subcategory Detail:China
Keywords:China, Kunming, Train, Vietnam, Yunnan