Finding Fang Dazeng: A War Correspondent’s Stories

9781592652471

Finding Fang Dazeng: A War Correspondent’s Stories

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By the mid 1930s, Fang Dazeng, a photographer and journalist, was well known within Chinese photography and press circles. Born in 1912, he was considered by many to be the “Robert Capa of China” for his pioneering work in photojournalism. Fang was one of the most active war correspondents in the early stage of China’s War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression. His reports were published in Shun Pao, Young Companion, World Pictorial, and Ta Kung Pao in China, and in Time in the U.S. and the Illustrated London News in the United Kingdom, among others. After witnessing and reporting on the Marco Polo Bridge Incident of July, 1937, which led to full scale war between Japan and China, Fang continued to send dispatches from the main areas of conflict within China, until he vanished without a trace in September, 1937. Fang never returned home and his fate remained unknown for decades. But his story was far from finished. In 1999, author and editor for CCTV, Feng Xuesong, began work on a comprehensive series of documentaries on Fang Dazhen. His discoveries led to meetings with Fang Dazhen’s surviving family members and a cache of Fang’s personal belongings—including numerous rolls of undeveloped film—dating from the 1930s. As a result of Feng Xuesong’s tireless work to reappraise and treasure Fang Dazeng’s contribution to modern Chinese history, as well as Fang’s own selfless actions and perhaps his ultimate sacrifice, Fang Dazhen is now widely considered to be the forefather of photojournalism in China. These remarkable series of discoveries form the core of this book, featuring many of Fang’s photographs being published for the first time. Fang’s contribution to our better understanding of modern Chinese history is of inestimable value to future scholars.

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Weight 1.5 lbs
ISBN

9781592652471

ISBN 13

9781592652471

Publisher

Long River Press

Year Published

2021

Size

8.25 x 10.25

Pages

314

Language

English

Cover

Paperback

Author

Xuesong Feng

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