This image was taken of my grandmother in Shanghai at 16 years-old. Before I left for China she aptly told me that Shanghai changes every two years. It’s true—cranes jut out against the skyline and brand new buildings still shrouded in scaffolding & tarps stand proudly at just about every turn. So, in search for my grandmother’s Shanghai I set out for Duolun Lu, a street officially protected to retain the look of the city in the 1920s and 30s. Far from the Park Hyatt, I
Yuan Meiyun 袁美雲 She was the star of Girl in Disguise (1936), a huge box office hit that spawned three sequels. One of Chinese cinema’s earliest gender-benders, it epitomized the “soft films” of 1930s Shanghai that were despised by ideologues—both left and right.
Sam Sanzetti - whose real name was Semyon Liphshitz - was a Jewish photographer who arrived in Shanghai in 1922. He became one of the most famous photographers in Shanghai. After thirty years in Shanghai, he moved to Israel where he stayed until his death in 1986. In Shanghai, Sanzetti shot over 20,000 portraits. | via Photography in China blog | 1930s Shanghai glamour shot