Auguste François (1857-1935) was a French diplomat, who served in China between 1896 and 1904. Many of his photographs are held at the Musée Guimet in Paris. François also photographed with cine film cameras - and took probably the earliest film in China: https://vimeo.com/101076658. Further information: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Auguste_Fran%C3%A7ois.