Hedda took many portraits of people she came into contact with in the streets of Beijing and the workshops, studios and temples she visited. She photographed people who she found interesting because of who they were or how they looked. Some of the portraits are candid and others are posed, but in most cases they reveal Hedda's ability to make people at ease in her presence. In 'Hedda Morrison in Peking: a personal recollection', Alasatir Morrison writes: 'Hedda had a useful command of colloquial Chinese which she put to very good use. She had a friendly approach and was always well received... It is perhaps unfortunate that she took no photographs of some of the more interesting Europeans in Peking. But film was precious and Hedda's priorities lay elsewhere in the old Peking that survived and the life that went on there... It was in the days before the advent of the electronic flash and she was adept at posing many of her subjects to the extent of getting them to stand still in natural poses. But she abhorred artificiality'.