Phantom Shanghai

Greg Girard


Canadian born Greg Girard has been living in China since 1998. Using Shanghai as his base, he documents the social and cultural transformations taking place across China and throughout Asia. His first Canadian exhibition will feature works from two series, Shanghai Falling and Factory World, which document the buildings, shops, homes and neighbourhoods that are unlikely to survive Shanghai’s vision of its own future. Distracted by the pace and scale of Shanghai’s well-documented recent developments, it’s easy to overlook the reason that so much of the city’s period architecture has survived for so long: urban development for profit was suspended for nearly a half century. Girard’s photographs document this unique period that is rapidly coming to an end. They have appeared in publications such as Time, Newsweek, Fortune, The New York Times Magazine and other international titles. Photographs documenting the Kowloon Walled City in Hong Kong were first published in the 1993 book, City of Darkness.