Phantom Shanghai

ISBN 13: 9780973973990

Phantom Shanghai

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'At the time of writing, I freely confess, I know little more about Shanghai than these images. They came upon me, as it were, in the night, unexpectedly. I know, and knew instantly, that I will never forget' - From the foreword by William Gibson. These are photographs of the Shanghai that will not survive the vision the city as for itself. That these homes, shops, lanes and buildings survived as long as they did, and in the way that they did, is by accident rather than design. Whatever the utility of this partial and very subjective record, my intentions, as much as I understand them, have little to do with architecture or preservation. I'm not an historian or an architectural photographer. But I do want to make photographs that show what a place, this place, looks like when its used in this way. Here is Shanghais lived-in-ness, the vanishing evidence of the hard flow of time through this city Greg Girard As Shanghai modernizes, buildings and neighbourhoods that were once preserved by accident are now being purposefully demolished. Since 1998, Greg Girard has been photographing the effect this transformation has had on buildings, shops, homes, neighbourhoods and inhabitants of China's largest city. "Phantom Shanghai" is the result: a spectacular photographic journey through the Shanghai that is unlikely to survive its vision of urban development.

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Greg Girard (1955-) is a Canadian photographer, living in Shanghai since 1998. He is capturing the transformations in China and across Asia. Largely self-taught, he combines anthropology with a lyrical realism. His editorial work appears in such publications as Time, Newsweek, Fortune, The New York Times Magazine, and more. He is represented by the Monte Clark Gallery in Toronto. An American-born Canadian science fiction writer, he's been called the father of the cypberpunk subgenre. He coined the term "cyberspace." His Neuromancer has sold more than 6.5 million copies since its 1984 release. It was the first novel to win all three major science fiction awards: The Nebula, The Hugo, and the Philip K. Dick Memorial Award.

From The New Yorker:

For decades after the Communist victory, in 1949, Shanghai remained largely intact, preserved by benign neglect, its architecture a rich legacy of the polyglot collision of Asian and Western cultures that formed the city. Since the nineties, however, Shanghai’s metamorphosis into a towering mega-city has been an ineluctable and pitiless process of paving over nearly all previous traces—a phenomenon stunningly documented in Greg Girard’s garish, poetic, infinitely sad photographs. In an indignant introduction, William Gibson calls them "Documents of the Gone World." Seeming to have arrived in each case minutes before the bulldozers, Girard shows us here a pair of stone lions sitting amid the rubble of a condemned factory, there a gorgeous mansion in the old French concession, long ago subdivided for worker housing, and last occupied by members of the very crew charged with knocking it down.
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