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Vernacular Photography
PHOTOGRAPH ALBUM WITH IMAGES OF THE 1927 SHANGHAI MASSACRE
1920. A photographic album with more than 165 images of people and locations in Asia created by a young Dutch chef serving on a merchant ship in the mid 1920s. Notably, the album includes two photographs taken on the streets of Shanghai at the time of the 1927 massacre. The presumed creator of the album appears in many of the photographs and is identified in several captions as a chef. In one image, he is shown killing a chicken, while other photographs show him working in the kitchen onboard ship. The album contains a wide variety of images from his travels, mainly centered around Bali, ranging from farmers in the rice fields to waterfalls and temples. Notably, there are two photographs with extensive captions in Dutch on the verso concerning the conflict in Shanghai. One shows a bustling street scene, while the second shows armed soldiers hunkered down behind sandbag barricades. The Shanghai Massacre of April 12, 1927 was a violent suppression of organizations affiliated with the Communist Party of China by the military forces of Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek and conservative factions in the Kuomintang Nationalist Party. Hundreds of communists were rounded up, arrested, and tortured; most were executed. The album also contains a variety of curious images, including a Charlie Chaplin impersonator surrounded by a group of children, ice and snow covering the deck of the ship ("winter in Yokohama, Japan"), and a series showing a small water plane that appears to have sunk. Most of the black and white photographs are captioned in white on the gray paper album leaves and have e … [Click Below for Full Description]
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