Searching for Memories in Old Photos
November 14, 2011

The Israeli Consulate in Shanghai recently posted many old photos on its Sina Weibo "Israel in China". These old photos which were taken by a Jewish photographer Sam Sanzetti, from the 1920s to the 1950s, triggered nostalgic feelings among Shanghai residents, who are recalling the beauty of the city during one of its most glorious periods.

The Israeli Consulate in Shanghai recently posted many old photos of Shanghai on Israeli Consulate’s official account on Sina Weibo – Israel in China. These old photos which were taken by a Jewish photographer Sam Sanzetti, from the 1920s to the 1950s, triggered nostalgic feelings among Shanghai residents, who are recalling the beauty of the city during one of its most glorious periods.

Sam Sanzetti, whose real name is Sioma Lifshitz, arrived in Shanghai in 1922. After working for a short period as an apprentice for an American photographer, he opened his own studio in 1927 on 73 Nanjing Road. It was the best photo studio in Shanghai. Sanzetti took photographs of people from all walks of life celebrities, film stars, young couples, families and children. Thirty years later in 1957 he left for Israel and carried in his luggage with more than 20,000 photographs that he took in Shanghai. Sanzetti passed away in Israel in 1986.

Oren Rozenblat, deputy consul general of Israel in Shanghai, says: "We want to put on an exhibition of Sanzetti's pictures, but we know little about them, so we decided to publish them on public media, and ask people to contribute information about them. It would be beautiful if we could find the people in the pictures and learn about their stories.”

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