Photographer Nicoco recently embarked on a personal project to document Shanghai during the coronavirus outbreak, hoping to capture the emptiness, isolation, and fear that the virus has wreaked on this once-bustling city. Continue reading »
From Thomas Heatherwick comes the 1000 Trees project, a massive mixed use development just outside of Shanghai. Described more as future topography than as architecture, the complex has a distinctive stepped profile, populated by enormous planters and trees. Set on Suzhou Creek, the development is part of the city’s trendy M50 district. Continue reading »
Photographer Cody Ellingham Captured These Stunning Series Of Images To Help Preserve The “Memories Of Shanghai’s Forgotten Streets”
As aging and ornately beautiful ‘Shikumen’ lane houses are torn down across Shanghai, a New Zealand photographer has set out on a mission to capture the historic streets before it’s too late. Continue reading »
Striking cityscapes by Aaron Shao, a gifted self-taught photographer, drone pilot, and urban explorer from Shanghai, China. Aaron focuses on urban and architecture photography. He explores his city to capture spectacular cityscapes and urban landscapes. Shao uses Sony a7R III camera and DJI Mavic 2 Pro drone. Continue reading »
Cities are defined by their people, architecture and culture, and the series Nightshift by photographer Florian W. Mueller encapsulates all three. Steering clear of the glitz and glamour of Shanghai, Mueller takes us through the quiet side streets of the city, capturing vendors manning their stores and kiosks that are open late into the night. Under the neon lights, he shows the mind-boggling variety or merchandise being sold in these shops, ranging from fruit, toys, clothes or even curtains. It’s an interesting and authentic portrait of Shanghai, and how life goes on in this dynamic city after dark. Continue reading »
Spectacular rooftop landscapes by Austin Hsu, a talented self-taught photographer, retoucher, and urban explorer based in Shanghai, China. Austin focuses on urban and cityscape photography. He shoots a lot of rooftops, architecture, nightscape, and drone photography. Continue reading »
Sick colors urban photography by Victor Chiang a.k.a. aka_swaggy, talented self-taught photographer, youtuber and urban explorer currently based in Shanghai, China. Victor captures moody, nighttime scenes that radiate a dream-like fluorescent glow. Continue reading »
The famed Chinese street photographer trains his lens on the bored and the dispossessed in his rambles through city streets challenged by the relentless march of progress.
This 2014 series Shanghai Tian Wa saw Chinese photographer Liu Tao train his lens on two distinct districts in Shanghai. Here: “Shanghai Tian Wai №11, 2014”. (Photo by Liu Tao/The Guardian) Continue reading »
A residential building in Shanghai’s Changning District has a distinctly different view in the concrete jungle. Those looking out the window will have the view of a 50-meter high mountain! Continue reading »
Oliver Shou is a talented young self-taught photographer, roofer and traveler from San Francisco, California. Oliver shoots a lot of urban, cityscapes and rooftop photography. He focuses on geometrically fascinating environmental portraits. Shou currently based in Shanghai. Continue reading »
For his series Phantom Shanghai, Canadian photographer Greg Girard points his lens to a city in a moment of significant change. For decades, Shanghai remained frozen in time, then almost overnight came a rush to modernize set in motion by the booming Chinese metropolis Beijing. In an attempt to make up for lost time, entire neighborhoods were demolished, hundreds of thousands of residents displaced and a heritage suddenly erased. Girard, who was living in Shanghai at the height of this change, chose to document the transformation he was seeing before his eyes: two versions of a city trying to occupy the exact same space. Continue reading »
Images show Shanghai Disneyland’s lofty 196-foot-tall castle and resort buildings undergoing their final stages of construction. And it appears that fans are excited about the developments, as tickets for the June 16 opening day sold out within hours of being listed on the company’s official ticketing website. Continue reading »
The rapidly changing landscape of urban China is the subject of artist Graham Fink’s solo photographic exhibition, opening at Riflemaker gallery in London on 1 February. Over the course of five years, the artist has documented various demolition sites in and around Shanghai – the largest city by population in the world. The photographic series communicates the enormity of the transition that is taking place there as the country moves increasingly towards a large-scale urbanization and more workers relocate for employment in the manufacturing industries. Not only are new cities emerging but immense urban renewal efforts are underway. Continue reading »
This photo taken on September 3, 2014 shows Qin Riyang (L) and Leng Yuting, both 26 years old, posing underwater for their wedding pictures at a photo studio in Shanghai, ahead of their wedding next year. Fiance Riyang said they had their wedding photographs taken underwater because “its romantic and beautiful”. Mr Wedding studio owner, Tina Lui, started providing underwater pictures four years ago. (Photo by Johannes Eisele/AFP Photo)
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Cranes that have helped to build the Shanghai Tower, China’s tallest building and the world’s 2nd tallest, are seen being dismantled. (Photo by Rex Features) Continue reading »
The LAVENU Center in Shanghai has become the latest of a series of buildings in China to be ridiculed by internet users. The structure has been nicknamed Boot Tower because its L shape appears reminiscent of a boot. The tower was designed by Japanese architect Jun Aoki. (Imaginechina / Rex Features)
A security guard stands in front of an Apple logo during the inauguration of a new Apple store in Nanjing Road, downtown Shanghai, September 23, 2011. The store is Apple’s fifth and largest in Chinese mainland. (Xinhua) Continue reading »
What is performance art? It refers to artists using reality itself to create a performance. Recently, photographs of a group of seven “panda girls” wearing panda shorts with the “Mo Jie 2” (a MMORPG) panda have been circulating on various large websites and microblogs, with performance art once again melting into marketing. Continue reading »
Justin Guariglia’s book Planet Shanghai excerpted here is filled with wonderful snapshots of every day life in Shanghai. The skyscrapers next to run-down neighborhood. The food and fresh fruit being sold at the market. The shoes people wear there. Their hairstyles. Old guys hanging out in chairs they set down on the streets. And yes, people in pajamas. Lots of people in pajamas.
Take a look, then go get the book. Like the people of Shanghai, it’s full of charm.
Hu Yang’s extensive photographic publication “Shanghai Living” documents the living spaces of 500 families living in today’s Shanghai. A selection of 100 of the images were first displayed at ShanghART Gallery and caused unforeseen public attention due to their rare and particular presentation of intimate and protected private spaces.
The “Shanghai Living” series works almost as an archive: all subjects and interiors, whether wealthy or impoverished, are equally treated. One might naturally question the objectivity, authenticity and honesty of the documentary photos. As with any other visual art form, the intentions and stylistic strategies are, ultimately, always a subjective choice made by the photographer. Nevertheless, these intimate portraits do not come across as staged settings, and unlike exterior views of the city, they are spaces that are otherwise closed to the public. Finally, it is up to the spectator to manage and interpret these contemporary iconographies of modern Shanghai living spaces.
Shanghai 2020 architectural installation based in Shanghai Urban Planning Museum. About 300 square meters. Continue reading »