Rushing for gold distribution, Shanghai

Made:
December 1948-January 1949
maker:
Henri Cartier-Bresson

Vintage gelatin silver print by Henri Cartier-Bresson. Rushing for gold distribution, Shanghai. John Hilleson Agency stamp, Cartier-Bresson Magnum Photos copyright stamp, and Focal Press editorial markup on verso.

December 1948-January 1949. As the value of the paper money sank, the Kuomintang decided to distribute 40 grams of gold per person. With the gold rush, in December, thousands came out and waited in line for hours. The police, equipped with the remnants of the armies of the International Concession, made only a gesture toward maintaining order. Ten people were crushed to death.

Details

Category:
Photographs
Object Number:
1990-5131/10063
type:
photograph
taxonomy:
  • object genre
  • image
credit:
Focal Press Collection, National Science and Media Museum