Jacques-Oliver Zirah (born in 1984 in Paris) is a self-taught photographer based in Shanghai. Over the past twelve years, he has been exploring the photographic medium and offering a panorama of his adventures throughout the world, notably in China.
During the first weeks after his arrival in Shanghai in 2010, Zirah wandered around the streets of the Southeast district of Puxi. At that time, he plunged himself for the first time into analogue photography and attempted to seize the instant, with no precise goal in mind but to focus on formal qualities. In this series, his black and white photographs play around the interplay between fog, dark and light contrasts, and reflection zones, turning the subject matter into ghostly forms superimposing on one another. At the crossroads of surrealist and intuitive photography, his photographs reify Shanghai city paradoxes.
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