Sha Fei

Sha Fei (1912-1950), who was born Situ Chuan, was an accomplished Chinese leftist reportage photographer, especially active during the Second Sino-Japanese War. He contributed to CCP’s wartime publications and edited The Chin-Cha-Chi Pictorial ( ), a photographic propaganda magazine named after the Jinchaji guerilla base area where it was produced from 1942. Famously, Sha Fei photographed both the writer Lu Xun (1879-1936) just before he died, and also Dr Norman Bethune (1890-1939) at work. “Sha Fei’s deft blend of ideology and empathy created a high watermark for subsequent generations of Chinese photojournalists” (Shana J. Brown, reviewing Art, Documentary, and Propaganda in Wartime China: The Photography of Sha Fei by Eliza Ho (The Ohio State University, 2009).