Portrait of Keying

Portrait of Keying

First Photograph in China


The first portrait in China is the portrait of Keying. Keying is a Manchu statesman during the Qing dynasty who conducted the settlement of the First Opium War with the British and other western powers between 1843 and 1847. In the negotiation, he noticed the power of the Western world. He was curious about photography and took this portrait. This is the first printed picture in the history of China (Wu 2016).


Wu, Hung. Zooming In: Histories of Photography in China. London: Reaktion Books, 2016.

"Portrait of Keying." Soho. October 13, 2017. Access May 10, 2018. http://www.sohu.com/a/197819280_651763