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Photographing Shanghai from a skyscraper crane

One of my favourite photo sets from 2013 has to be the Shanghai crane operator 魏根生‘s photos from ~500 metres in the air. Here’s just one example:

Shanghai from a crane

This story circulated widely around Internet news sites. The best coverage I found was the Daily Mail’s, despite referring at one time to the photographer as “Mr Gensheng” instead of “Mr Wei”.

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Shanghai in the 1920s

Today I came across some amazing photos from China in the 1920s and 1930s. The curator of these photos, Vincent Messelier-Gouze, says:

“In 1919, my 18-year-old grandfather, Louis-Philippe Messelier, left his hometown in France for China. Living in Shanghai, he juggled his career in the wool trade with his photography as a journalist for the French Journal of Shanghai.”

Here are some of my favourites:


It’s fascinating to see real photos from a time when China was not as westernised as it is today. Make sure you check out the full post for more!

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