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Remembering Sam Sanzetti

October 26, 2011

A social project celebrating Shanghai's history and family tree with found images from the acclaimed late photographer

  • Text by Karchun Leung

Sam Sanzetti was a photographer who come to Shanghai in 1922 by boat. He started as a portrait photographerin the 20s, becoming one of the city's most notorious characters with hords of people queuing up outside his studio at 73 Nanjing Road waiting for him. He moved to Israel at 1957,and in countless interviews after would always mention his historic times in Shanghai.

Sam Sanzetti passed away in 1986 and a couple of months ago his stepson accidentally stumbled upon an old collection of Sam's work in the house that resulted in this project where the Israel consulate in Shanghai is posting the old fogotten photos by Sam on Weibo, trying to reach the people in these photos. This is a glorious story of celebration and history.

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