OPEN 24 7 is as much a love photographic poem to Shanghai’s quickly-disappearing urban environments as it is to the workers who populate them.

The series focuses on the life inside tiny shops and businesses in which workers and owners spend most of their lives. Most of these places are on the verge of disappearing and being replaced by new developments. They also share a feeling of density and of time passing, and it’s difficult to tell where life ends and work begins.

In the series, I document people who are quite far from achieving the Chinese economic dream themselves but make it possible for others by sustaining always-open services that support the new middle class and myself