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The Child Of Shanghai

Written by: George Chittenden : 27 Jul 2019

This shocking photo was taken on August 28th, 1937 and is one of the most famous war pictures ever taken. The photo features a crying baby amid the bombed-out ruins of Shanghai South Railway Station. The image was captured a few minutes after a Japanese air attack on civilians during the Battle of Shanghai, and unfortunately the child’s mother was killed in the blast. The photographer worked for Hearst Corporation, and his name was H. S. Wong. This image was first published in September 1937 and in less than a month had been seen by more than 136 million people. It was an incredibly controversial image at the time, and created a huge amount of anger in the Western world against Japanese violence in China. Interestingly the photograph was denounced by Japanese nationalists who argued that it was staged. Surprisingly the Japanese government put a bounty of $50,000 on the photographer’s head, which in today’s money is around $850,000.

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