Charles Nègre (1820–1880), photographer
Paris, France, before 1851
Musée d’Orsay, Paris, France
In the 19th century, sorting through rubbish to find valuable materials was a common way to make a living. Even children became so-called ‘ragpickers’, collecting textiles and other materials for sale. This was risky work, as the rag pickers would get in contact with dirty items that posed serious health risks.