This is a rare collection of colour photographs taken by William L. Dibble. This little-known photographer arrived in China as a member of the “Flying Tigers,” the American Volunteer Group of the Chinese Air Force that fought the Japanese during World War II. Dibble’s photographs depict China before Communist takeover; they show a changing urban China alongside its age-old rural activities, as well as American air force soldiers working and living alongside Chinese people.
Such photographs disclose a certain humanistic perspective in times of war. These photographs have been published in 2010 in China From the Eyes of the Flying Tigers (1944-45): a book that gathers over two hundred colour images – taken mostly by H. Allen Larsen and William L. Dibble – depicting Kunming, Chengdu, Chongqing, and Hangzhou among other places.
Photography Friday is a regular feature from Shanghaiist in association with Photography of China, Marine Cabos’s fantastic trilingual blog about photography and photographers in China.