An exhibition of vintage photographs
by the Life Magazine Photographer
On December 7, yours truly had the opportunity again to meet in person Life Magazine photographer, Jack Birns. It was at his exclusive exhibit of vintage prints “Assignment Shanghai, Photographs on the Eve of Revolution”, where Jack and I with our wives saw each other again. It may be recalled that Jack’s wife, Harriet, represented her husband at the 2004 Shanghai Reunion in Toronto. An invitation to the exhibit is shown in Figure one.
A number of Shanghailanders alive today,
and those that in the meantime passed on, were still witness to the
human drama unfolding at the time as the conflict between the
regimes of China intensified,
with war becoming imminent to the
country ‘s culture and commercial capital. Most of the photographs in
the exhibit are illustrated in Birns’ book Assignment Shanghai,
published by the University of California
Press. More on the book and about the distinguished
Magazine photographer, Jack Birns can be
found on two
pages illustrated in Figure two. A part
of the exhibit and Birns’ signing his book is shown in Figure three.