French Journalist's Rediscovered Photos of 1930s Shanghai Reveal Everyday Lives of the Past
Louis-Philippe Messelier’s photographs of China in the 1930’s capture the dynamism and vitality of a nation on the cusp of great growth. The French photographer's pieces are quickly gaining much deserved recognition after being featured on Photography of China, a media source that introduces a range of historical and contemporary photographers who focus on China. Through interesting use of angles, and a diverse choice of subject matter, Messelier’s collection of photographs provide a vivid glimpse into China’s past.
At 18, Messelier (1901-1986) left his home in France to become involved with the wool industry in China. He juggled this career with photojournalism, working with the French Journal of Shanghai, and as a result his images manage to capture a huge variety of faces and places around China. From aristocracy at the racecourse, to duck farmers in the fields, Messelier shoots with a characteristic sincerity and a keen eye for contrast.
This rediscovered collection of images provides a rare glimpse into the history of China, transporting viewers to the past.
Above: Opera Actor
Old man eating noodles in his shop, bird in a cage