William Saunders was the leading photographer in Shanghai during the late Qing Dynasty. He was the first photographer known to produce hand-colored photographs in China. His studio on Shanghai’s bustling Bund was the city’s most successful photographic enterprise for more than a quarter century. Saunders’s photographs are an unrivaled visual resource for the study of life in Shanghai during this period. The photographs offer an intimate view of the diverse inhabitants of Shanghai and their traditional life styles and occupations during a transitional era in Chinese history.