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Fritz Hoffmann

* 25 Years Photographing China * National Geographic Photographer * Repped by REDUX Pictures * Based in Boston

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For 25 years I’ve witnessed change in China. One thing has remained the same - The Old Hundred Names - the common folk. I wasn’t there 30 years ago when the Chinese military crushed student protests in Tiananmen Square. But with my deep connection to China, I can’t not think of the people that risked everything then. Today, with these portraits, I wish to honor China’s commoners, the Old Hundred Names 老百姓. On China’s National Day 2007 I pulled them one by one from the throngs of tourists at the Forbidden City and from around the square and made a few frames against the red walls. I approached over 80 people that day. None declined my request. I’m truly grateful for the many people in China that have allowed me to step into their lives for a moment to photograph them. Often, they put themselves at risk doing so. Thank you! I’m thinking of you today, the conversations we had. I hope you are well. Shot for @natgeo Copyright 2007 Fritz Hoffmann #laobaixing #chinawork #oldhundrednames #tiananmensquare #forbiddencity #palacemuseum #chinaportraits #nihaoma #hello #leica #leicaphotography #leica50mm #leica #beautifulpeople

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Charles Zhang 张朝阳, one of China’s most successful entrepreneurs, poses playfully on top of the managers desk at a state owned chemical factory outside Beijing in July 2000. Zhang graduated from MIT, returned to China and founded Sohu 搜狐. Today he is one of China’s wealthiest. When Yahoo magazine asked me to photograph China’s tech pioneers I had the idea to do that in a way that would contrast them with China’s old economy. It was a fun hour with Charles in this office full of objects that typified a Chinese SOE. Water thermos, tea leaves steeping in a Nescafé jar. A commemorative Zhou Enlai plate. An enameled cup with spoon. Cigarette ashtray filled with butts. And there is actually a goldfish swimming in the white plastic bowl there. Zhang was digging it with flip phone in one hand and fly swatter in the other. I always enjoy looking at the details in this photo. He’s standing right on the edge of the desk. With the current trade war between the US and China. I’m posting photos that reflect on the many ways that the two countries have exchanged ideas and done business over the years. Thanks for taking a look. Copyright 2000 Fritz Hoffmann #leicaphotography #shotonfilm #thesunshinedays #china #leicachina #SinoUsTradeWar #ChinaWork #Sohu #charleszhang #zhangchsoyang #USChinaTradeWar #张朝阳 #搜狐 #charleszhang #sohu ChinaSOE #chinatech pioneers

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Kodak’s moment with digital photography didn’t last long. Here’s another frame from the Kodak factory in Shanghai. ( see previous post) Shot for @forbes Copyright 2005 Fritz Hoffmann With the current trade war between the U.S.A. and China, I’m posting photos that reflect the many ways the two countries have exchanged ideas and done business over the years. Thanks for taking a look. #kodakdigital #kodakfactory #kodakmoment #leicaphotography #shotonfilm #thesunshinedays #china #leicachina #SinoUsTradeWar #ChinaWork #Kodak #USChinaTradeWar #businessasusual

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A Kodak moment if there ever was one. The Kodak digital camera testing line in the factory in Shanghai, China. This was the moment Kodak found itself between film and digital. Neither survived. What ever happened to Kodak? I love Tri-X. Baby come back! Shot for @forbes With the current trade war between the U.S.A. and China, I’m posting photos that reflect the many ways the two countries have exchanged ideas and done business over the years. Thanks for taking a look. Copyright 2005 Fritz Hoffmann #kodakdigital #kodakfactory #kodakmoment #leicaphotography #shotonfilm #thesunshinedays #china #leicachina #SinoUsTradeWar #ChinaWork #Kodak #USChinaTradeWar #businessasusual

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If you own a plastic Christmas tree, or have ever seen one, strong chance it was made in this factory in Shenzhen, China. 1.6 million of the trees were exported from here each year. American WAL-MART stores were the main destination. Shot for @natgeo With the current trade war between the U.S.A. and China, I’m posting photos that reflect the many ways that the two countries have exchanged ideas and done business over the years. Thanks for taking a look. Copyright 2008 Fritz Hoffmann #leicaphotography #shotonfilm #thesunshinedays #china #leicachina #SinoUsTradeWar #ChinaWork #USChinaTradeWar #christmastreefactory #shenzhen #chinafactory

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Not a state-owned work unit of China’s past. Wal-mart employees practice the company cheer at pep rally before the grand opening of the Wal-Mart Superstore in Chongqing, China 2005. (Swipe) Wal-Mart employee mugshots on the wall at a store in Shenzhen. Photographed for @fortunemag story The Great Wal-Mart of China. You can read the story online. With the current trade war between the U.S.A. and China, I’m posting photos that reflect the many ways that the two countries have exchanged ideas and done business over the years. Thanks for taking a look. Copyright 2005 Fritz Hoffmann #leicaphotography #shotonfilm #thesunshinedays #china #leicachina #SinoUsTradeWar #ChinaWork #Intel #USChinaTradeWar #walmartchina #businessasusual

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Can you guess the one item Dong Yongjian built his business in Sichuan, China around? It’s imported from the U.S.A. (Swipe for the answer) Americans eat a lot of chicken but don't eat the feet. And American grown chicken are "grade-A" large. So Yongjian began buying up chicken feet in America and importing those to his factory in Sichuan. There, he spiced them up Sichuan style. You know, HOT! At the time of my Wal-Mart story with @bluedragon83 Yongjian's grade-A spicy chicken feet were a big seller at Wal-mart stores in China and one of the only things we found there imported from America. Shot for @fortunemag With the current trade war between the U.S.A. and China, I’m posting photos that reflect on the many ways that the two countries have exchanged ideas and done business over the years. Thanks for taking a look. Copyright 2005 Fritz Hoffmann #leicaphotography #shotonfilm #thesunshinedays #china #leicachina #SinoUsTradeWar #ChinaWork #USChinaTradeWar #businessasusual #Walmartchina #chickenfeet #sichuanHOT #eaglefliesonfriday #yongjianfoods

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Chinese shoppers catch live fish BY HAND in the wet market inside the WAL-MART super store in Chongqing, China. WAL-MART realized that it had to change their stores in China to suit the Chinese way of shopping. It was one of the first foreign companies to have a wet market that gave an experience similar to traditional markets in China. AND (swipe) WAL-MART stores we’re designed with space for community activities like dance performances and pageants, similar to a town square. Shot for @fortunemag with @bluedragon83 and @rfriedman305 . With the current trade war between the U.S.A. and China, I’m posting photos I’ve made over the years that reflect the many ways the two countries have exchanged ideas and done business. Thanks for taking a look. Copyright 2005 Fritz Hoffmann #leicaphotography #shotonfilm #thesunshinedays #china #leicachina #SinoUsTradeWar #ChinaWork #USChinaTradeWar #TOPS #Walmart #chinashopping #wetmarket #fishon #catchandkeep #walmartcommunitychina

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TOPS grocery store opening day, January 1997 - 10,000 Shanghainese stripped clean the shelves of the store. TOPS was the first foreign grocer to try and compete with the fresh street markets that were typical in Shanghai then. TOPS lost that competition and bailed out in 1999. (Swipe) 5 years later, big box store style consumption had become successful in China and American WAL-MART pushed west with the opening of a super store in Chongqing. 150,000 people shopped that new store on opening day in 2005. But some only came for the air conditioning. With the current trade war between the U.S.A. and China, I’m posting photos I’ve made that reflect the many ways the two countries have exchanged ideas and done business over the years. Thanks for taking a look. Copyright 1997-2005 Fritz Hoffmann #leicaphotography #shotonfilm #thesunshinedays #china #leicachina #SinoUsTradeWar #ChinaWork #USChinaTradeWar #TOPS #Walmart #chinashopping

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Jousting performers and school kids at the American Dream theme park. The park opened in Jiading on the outskirts of Shanghai, China in 1996. It was one of the first parks of its kind, long before the way into China was clear for Disneyland. The American Dream didn’t last long. There may have been other reasons but for one, at that time, Chinese didn’t have the disposable income to spend on the ticket and private automobile ownership had yet to happen. It was difficult for people to make the trek there from Shanghai. Shot for @nytimes . With the current trade war between the U.S.A. and China, I’m posting photos that reflect on the many ways the two countries have exchanged ideas and done business over the years. Thanks for taking a look. Copyright 1996 Fritz Hoffmann #AmericanDream #themepark #leicaphotography #shotonfilm #thesunshinedays #china #leicachina #SinoUsTradeWar #ChinaWork #USChinaTradeWar #busnessasusual

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In the Communist party bureaucracy, the neighborhood committee, identified by red arm bands, minds and monitors goings on at the local level. The Shanghai office of American Coca Cola had the brilliant idea to enlist the neighborhood committee to sell bottles of the soft drink from tricycles painted red with the Coke logo. Sales were brisk but the method short lived. Shot for @fortunemag 1995. With the current trade war between the U.S.A. and China, I’m posting photos that reflect the many ways the two countries have exchanged ideas and done business over the years. Thanks for taking a look. Copyright 1995 Fritz Hoffmann #leicaphotography #shotonfilm #thesunshinedays #china #leicachina #SinoUsTradeWar #ChinaWork #Intel #USChinaTradeWar #budinessasusual #cocacola #cokechina #neighborhoodcommittee

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Look closely at this picture. Could you solder circuit boards like this for 10 hours a day, 6 days a week? It takes young eyes and nimble hands eager to get ahead in a nation with a developing economy and large population, China. The alternative is robots and paying more for electronics. Shot for @fortunemag 2000. With the current trade war between the U.S.A. and China, I’m posting photos that reflect on the many ways that the two countries have exchanged ideas and done business over the years. Thanks for taking a look. Copyright 2000 Fritz Hoffmann #electronicsassemblyline #nimblehands #cheaplabor #cheapgoods #leicaphotography #shotonfilm #thesunshinedays #china #leicachina #SinoUsTradeWar #ChinaWork #USChinaTradeWar #budinessasusual #factorygirl #chinamanufacturing

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