A street in Beijing

as seen from inside an antique dealer's shop by Marc Riboud, China 1965

A street in Beijing as seen from inside an antique dealer's shop by Marc Riboud, China 1965

“The gold-lettered name of this shop means 'prosperity.' Private citizens come here to sell family jewels or other objects. The prices are fixed by the government. This scene has been photographed in old Peking through the window of a shop in Liu Li Chang, the street long famous for its art and antique shops. It is early summer and people live in the streets at this time. That's why you see women and old men and children. They live and play a lot in the street. And in the crowded streets it is very difficult to take pictures without everybody looking at you. When you keep walking, people are all around you, and as soon as you have your camera out, they gather around you.” Marc Riboud

LITERATURE Marc Riboud, Photo Poche; Marc Riboud in China. 40 Years of Photography, 1997, s.p; Marc Riboud, The three banners of China, Hamburg 1966, p. 90-91; Marc Riboud, 50 Years of Photography, Paris 2004, p. 29; In our time. The world as seen by Magnum Photographers, p. 362.

Photo credit: © WestLicht Photographica Auction

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