The observations by two veteran photographers of a rapidly changing Shanghai over ten-plus years should be reason enough to traipse over to Moganshan Road. Van der Hilst’s color Kodachrome works will allow us a glimpse into Shanghai on the brink of transformation in the early 1990s (good opportunity for some of us who had been in primary schools back then, too busy figuring out multiplication tables to notice) while French, the New York Times‘ Shanghai correspondent delves into the more recent past with his black-and-white documentation of life in Shanghai’s back alleys during the last five years.
For those who prefer not to be caught in the crowds of this evening’s opening reception, the exhibition will last through Mar 21. Meanwhile more of their works can be viewed online here and here.
Robert van der Hilst “Shanghai: 1990-1993” and Howard W. French “Disappearing Shanghai”
Opening Reception: Saturday Feb 16, 5-8pm
Exhibition Dates: Feb 16 – Mar 21, 2008
m97 Gallery, No. 97 Moganshan Rd, 2F 莫干山路97号2楼.