(British, 1834–c. 1900)
Image: 19.2 x 26.9 cm (7 9/16 x 10 9/16 in.); Paper: 19.2 x 26.9 cm (7 9/16 x 10 9/16 in.); Mounted: 25.5 x 26.9 cm (10 1/16 x 10 9/16 in.)
Sundry Art - Photography Fund 2020.233
Praya, a term used in colonial Hong Kong for the road by the waterfront, came from the Portuguese word praia, which means "beach."
Floyd’s views of Hong Kong possess a clarity of organization and elegance lacking in most of his competitors’ photographs. The row of white, Western-style commercial buildings divides the composition horizontally into thirds. In the foreground are water and a single Chinese boat that leads the eye to the closest building. The crisp cubic forms of the buildings stand out against the uniformly dark hillside that serves as their backdrop.
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