The Old Macau! (1949)

Quite often we wonder how was life some years ago on this no-longer-island. Did Macau changed that much? Were there any paradisiac beaches? Did the locals use those traditional Chinese clothes? How about the colonial Portuguese people? Which places exist no longer and which are new? How was the daily life on those narrow streets from old Macau?

Well… we got access to some wonderful images!

We share with you a glimpse from those old times, more specifically from a 1949 Macau through the lens of photographer Jack Birns, from the prestigious LIFE Magazine.

LIFE Magazine was, for generations, a window to the world! Up to then, published photos had been posed and static, but LIFE came to change that and with it the journalism changed as well.

So nothing better than quote LIFE’s founding editor, Henry Luce:

“To see life; to see the world; to eyewitness great events; to watch the faces of the poor and the gestures of the proud; to see strange things — machines, armies, multitudes, shadows in the jungle and on the moon; to see man’s work — his paintings, towers and discoveries; to see things thousands of miles away, things hidden behind walls and within rooms, things dangerous to come to; the women men love and many children; to see and to take pleasure in seeing; to see and be amazed; to see and be instructed….”


Old Macau Photos by LIFE Magazine

No captions, no color photos, no descriptions nor comparisons with modern Macau.

Simply visit and enjoy an old Macau!


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