Carte de Visite
Pun Lun - Photographer
Queen's Road, Hong Kong
c. 18
80s

T
his photograph bears a faint pencil notation on its reverse side identifying the photographer as Pun Lun of Queen's Road, Hong Kong. The helmeted, bespectacled man in the sedan
chair is unidentified and his occupation uncertain. He could have been a soldier, magistrate, or landowner. Although images of Europeans being transported by local inhabitants in such a
manner bespeaks of colonialism, it should be noted that such methods of transportation existed locally - usually for the social elites - long before the arrival of Europeans. It is true that
methods of transportation such as sedan chairs would be adopted by colonial rulers as a means of reaffirming their superior position in colonial society.