After Louis-Philippe Messelier. The Bund, Shanghai, 1929, large photo print

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After Louis-Philippe MESSELIER (1901-1986)

The Bund, Shanghai

Photograph art print with ink jet on barite paper, Hahnemühle Photo Rag® Baryta 315,
Limited printing of 30. Numbered 1/30 and dated 2016, realized with the artist’s copyright, by ARKA lab in Paris. This photograph print is sold with its authenticity certificate DIGIGRAPHIE COLLECTION EPSON, and is listed on the EPSON website:

Realized with the standards set by Epson digigraphie, this high quality print was executed by ARKA laboratory in Paris (Jean-Pierre Merlet) certified Epson digigraphy by its excellence.
Dry stamp on lower right margin "LPM Louis-Philippe Messelier archive, toute reproduction interdite, EPSON DIGIGRAPHIE COLLECTION (... all reproduction is prohibited ...).

Total dimensions of print: 90 x 80 cm (35-1/3 x 31-1/2 in.)

Louis-Philippe Messelier (1901-1986)

Photojournalist born in northern France. He left for China at the age of 18 and worked in the wool market within Europe and the Arab world. He was then employed by a French newspaper in Shanghai which he managed during WWII. He left many photographic works representing China during the 1920s and 1930s and notably the French Concession of Shanghai, where many Europeans resided. With a sharp eye, he seized many scenes of life and landscapes, last testimonies of traditional China that was disappearing with the modernization during the 20th century. He is now considered one of the major photographers of China during the Roaring Twenties, which is a rarely documented period. This image shows the famous "Bund", or Waitan - 外灘 in Mandarin, famous boardwalk along the Huang-Phou river, and the site of intense economic, commercial and financial activites. In the background, one can see the cranes building the pyramidal roof of the Cathay Hotel, later renamed "The Peace Hotel". Originally built to house the financial activities of the prominent banking family, the Sassoons. It is also one of the first skyscrapers built in the southern hemisphere of Europe in a very Art Deco style. The construction of this building was completed in 1929, thus the dating of this shot. It is from a large series of photos representing Shanghai during the 1920s and 1930s, then in full peak. This image is probably one of the most emblematic places of the French concession which was retrocede to China in 1946. It was home to 20,000 French and an important Russian and Jewish community. The old districts with this very European architecture still preserve the original soul of this little piece of Europe within Asian borders.

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  • Items quantity:  1
  • Height in cm : 90 cm
  • Width in cm : 80 cm
  • Expertissim Reference: 2016050139
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