A photographic love poem to a disappearing Shanghai

After living in China for more than ten years, I’ve witnessed the huge changes the country has been through in the last decade and I got to develop quite a deep relationship with the Shanghai city environment, resulting in a photographic narrative that reflects on the concept of urban transformation, development, decay, and on those affected by the dynamics of economic progress.

 


  • Publisher: independent
  • Technique: 6×7 and 6×6 medium format film
  • Book size: 25x21cm (10×8.5 inch)
  • Pages: 116p / 157gsm semi gloss paper
  • Cover: Black linen wrap hardcover
  • Limited Edition:  300 copies
  • Printed in Shanghai, China

Shanghai Twenty Four Seven is as much a love photographic poem to Shanghai’s oldest and quickly-disappearing urban environments as it is to the people who populate them.

The series focuses on the life inside shops and neighborhoods in Shanghai on the verge of disappearing. Places that share a unique aesthetic, a feeling of density, of time, and life that is nowhere to be seen in China’s biggest and most populated city.

The documenting process spans from 2017 to 2019 and covers most of the districts of Shanghai such as Jing´an, XuHui, Honkou, Putuo, Huan Pu, Minhang, and Zhabei.

By the time this series was finished, some of the places documented were already gone, and the people living there were relocated. Shanghai is a different place without them. Better or worse is for others to decide.

This series is a tribute to them.

Photography was without a doubt the medium in which this project was to be exectued. Film allow us to capture actions over time and juxtapose camera angles, but photography, while lacking this features, offers instead the freezing of time as its mightiest power. Considering the ephimeral nature of the theme (among other aesthetic questions), I deemed analog film photography, and ultimately, a photography book, to be the media for this story.