Exploring China during Mao era and after the end of World War II was not an easy task. Nevertheless, there were some rare (lucky) and courageous camera-operators who managed to enter Chinese borders and portray its society. This is the case for the Air Vice Marshall of the British Royal Air Force Arthur Leonard Fiddament (1896-1976), nicknamed ‘Fido’. He left a unique collection of color photographs taken in 1945, which depicted everyday life and cityscapes in cities such as Shanghai, Chongqing, and Kunming.
See more photos of Arthur Leonard Fiddament at Photography of China or here.
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.