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Shanghai Living

June 02, 2006

Shanghai Living

Cynthia Sin-Yi Cheng

From a photo collection of 500 Shanghai citizens in their homes, this exhibition catalogue showcases a selection of subjects from all different vocations. It ranges from a vendor’s tight quarter — squeezing in three kids in the top bunker while the husband, wife and a baby share the bottom bunker — to a Chinese-American brand consultant’s spacious modern loft. There is definitely a voyeuristic theme underlying the premise of this book, as it exposes people in their natural living habitats. I confessed it fed my curiosity. Where else would one be able get a glimpse of so many Shanghai denizens’ modes of living?