Today the exhibition “Schlafanzüge und Beton” enters its final week.
Along with the Chinese photographers Shan Liyuan und Cao Jianguo, I’m showing 23 photos from my short trip to Shanghai in 2011.
The exhibition combines my perspective of the city as a stranger, with Shan Liyuan’s work on families who live in an old silk-weavers quarter.
Cao Jianguo has been recording the vanishing buildings of the old Shanghai for several years.
Rathaus Hamburg, free entrance
Opening hours: Mo-Fr 7 am-19 pm, Sa 10-17 Uhr, So 10 am-16 pm
By invitation of the local government of Shanghai I was just invited to contribute to the book and exhibition project: Shanghai in the Eyes of World Photographers.
To complete the magnificent seven, there were also Claudio Bonoldi from Milan, Feco Imperio Hamburger from Sao Paulo, Elisabeth Montagnier from Marseille, Janolof Fritze from Gothenburg, Michael Rauner from San Francisco, and Nii Takao from Nagasaki – all sister cities of Shanghai.
Our Chinese hosts provided each of us with a guide (a local photographer from the Shanghai Photographers Association) and a translator, to tackle the ambitious schedule that was layed out by the organizers.
Not only did we extensively criss cross the huge metropolis of Shanghai, but we also found out why it is probably going to be the next New York, why big tables should be round and that you can eat almost everything without any serious side effects.
Because of our glorious efforts it was of course inevitable, that the Chinese media tracked us down eventually with around 30 photographers and a couple of film teams.
A true “red carpet moment”. We made big news!
I especially thank my translator Zhuang Yadong (Mike), who not only switched between Shanghainese, Mandarin, German and English, to bridge the occaisonal linguistic and cultural difference, but was also patient enough to find me cool new suede shoes. Big thanks also to the organizers Chen Qiwei, Sun Weimin, Pengfei Li, Stephanie Tang, Lesley, Jiayi Zhu and my guide Hao Xiaohu.
At the end of last year I was asked to contribute an image, to a recently launched photo edition by the German magazine “Emotion”. The idea behind the selection is, that the image possesses a strong emotional quality for the photographer. I chose a picture that was taken near a national parc in Thailand in 2010, where millions of bats leave their cave at dusk every night, to hunt for food. An overwhelming and poetic sight.
You can buy the photo HERE!