Women Of The Guomindang: A Diplomat’s 1940s Portraits Of China

Fu Bingchang (1895-1965) was a diplomat and Nationalist politician, as well as an accomplished portrait and landscape photographer, in a Pictorialist style. Fu photographed his friends and colleagues in the Guomindang Party (Kuomintang), making the Fu Collection especially significant.

 

FU Bingchang China 1930s 1940 portraits snapshots

FU Bingchang China 1930s 1940 portraits snapshots

Hu Jibang (胡济邦), attaché to Fu Bingchang

 

Biography:

Bingchang was a graduate of Hong Kong University where he studied civil engineering. Railway engineer for Wu Tingfang (c.1916-18). Attaché to the delegation of the Canton Constitutional Government to the Paris Peace Conference in 1919. Secretary to Sun Yatsen 1918-24. Governor of Hainan Island 1919-1922. Superintendent of Customs and Commissioner for Foreign Affairs at Canton 1922-26. Secretary of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and later Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Nationalist Government 1927. Director of Customs Administration 1927. Accompanied Dr. Wu Chaoshu to America 1927-28. On his return to China in 1928 he became a member of the Foreign Relations Committee of the National Government, a member of the Legislative Yuan and chairman of its Foreign Relations Committee. A principal drafter of the Chinese Civil Code 1933-1936. Member of the Central Executive Committee 1935. In August 1941 Fu was appointed Political Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, of which post he was relieved in December 1942, when appointed Ambassador to the U.S.S.R. in January 1943. Ambassador to Moscow 1943-1949. Retired to Paris 1949-1956. Returned to work for Chiang Kaishek as President of the Anti-Corruption Board and Vice President of the Judicial Yuan in Taiwan 1956-1965. State funeral 1965.

 

FU Bingchang China 1930s 1940 portraits snapshots

Lan Yezhen 藍業珍 in a 1937 Buick, Chungking, 1938

FU Bingchang China 1930s 1940 portraits snapshots

FU Bingchang China 1930s 1940 portraits snapshots

FU Bingchang China 1930s 1940 portraits snapshots

Min Chin beside a swimming pool, Northern Hot Springs

FU Bingchang China 1930s 1940 portraits snapshots

Liu Shengyi eating, Northern Hot Springs Park

FU Bingchang China 1930s 1940 portraits snapshots

Min Chin, Liu Shengyi and Ma Xiuzhong carrying Jiang Fangling

FU Bingchang China 1930s 1940 portraits snapshots

Jiang Fangling and Ma Xiuzhong, Northern Hot Springs Park

FU Bingchang China 1930s 1940 portraits snapshots

Min Chin twisting her hair, Northern Hot Springs Park

FU Bingchang China 1930s 1940 portraits snapshots

Wang Dezhen on balcony, Northern Hot Springs Park

FU Bingchang China 1930s 1940 portraits snapshots

Ma Xiuzhong, Northern Hot Springs Park

FU Bingchang China 1930s 1940 portraits snapshots

Jiang Fangling with a camera, Northern Hot Springs, 1940

FU Bingchang China 1930s 1940 portraits snapshots

Jia Ruzhen, Northern Hot Springs Park

FU Bingchang China 1930s 1940 portraits snapshots

Hu Jibang (胡济邦), Moscow

FU Bingchang China 1930s 1940 portraits snapshots

Hu Jibang (胡济邦) at Chinese Embassy, Moscow

FU Bingchang China 1930s 1940 portraits snapshots

FU Bingchang China 1930s 1940 portraits snapshots

FU Bingchang China 1930s 1940 portraits snapshots

Li looking out of a window

FU Bingchang China 1930s 1940 portraits snapshots

Hu Jibang (胡济邦), attaché to Fu Bingchang

FU Bingchang China 1930s 1940 portraits snapshots

A portrait of Lily Ho

FU Bingchang China 1930s 1940 portraits snapshots

Portrait of Min Chin

FU Bingchang China 1930s 1940 portraits snapshots

Hu Jibang (胡济邦), attaché to Fu Bingchang

FU Bingchang China 1930s 1940 portraits snapshots

Fanny Cheung & Dora Tsang, 1936

FU Bingchang China 1930s 1940 portraits snapshots

A portrait of Dora Tsang

FU Bingchang China 1930s 1940 portraits snapshots

Portrait of Jiang Fangling, 1940

 

Via Historical Photographs of China