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Through the Lens: The Faces of Shanghai

Tom Carter is an internationally published freelance photographer and travel writer. Carter has travelled extensively throughout all 33 Chinese provinces and autonomous regions and is the author of CHINA: Portrait of a People, the most comprehensive collection of imagery of contemporary China ever published by a single author.


Traffic assistants are a unique necessity to Shanghai, the largest city in China and the eighth largest city in the world, with a population of over 20 million people and counting.

Gossiping grannies in Shanghai’s fast-disappearing old quarter.

Shanghai’s wild-child novelist, Mian Mian, author of Candy, a tale of the PRC’s disaffected youth. Candy was labelled ‘spiritual pollution’ and officially banned by China’s government.

Another gossiping granny in Shanghai’s fast-disappearing old quarter.

Shanghai municipality has, over the past decade, undergone a redevelopment renaissance, one of the largest construction campaigns in China, which unfortunately also includes the demolition of its centuries-old neighbourhoods.


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