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“Shanghai—a city in the process of dismantling its history to accommodate China’s new cosmopolitan vision of itself.”—Greg Girard

As Shanghai modernizes and seeks acceptance as an international city, buildings and neighborhoods that were once preserved simply by lack of intervention are now being purposefully demolished.

Phantom Shanghai is a spectacular look at a Shanghai t
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Hardcover, 240 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by Magenta Publishing for the Art
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Bob
Mar 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Stunning stuff, no wonder Gibson likes it so much. Says Shanghai but could be anywhere.
Claudine
Feb 25, 2012 rated it it was ok
This is a photographic coffee table book. The photos stirred up my thoughts on urbanization, history, progress and social issues. It's a glimpse of people's everyday lives in a decrepit & historic area of Shanghai contrasted to modern high-rise Shanghai. I do wish there was more text to describe the back story of the photos. And the photos make me want to learn what happens to these people that are displaced by the demolition of old Shanghai. ...more
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Feb 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
构图都很棒!
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Jun 30, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: cities, photo, art-design
"Something slicing across accretions of cultural memory like Buñuel's razor...I think of the line of dawn rushing through desert, causing stones to explode." - William Gibson, from his introduction. ...more
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Based in Shanghai, Greg Girard is a photographer working to record the changes taking place in China and across Asia for leading editorial and corporate clients.

Born in Canada in 1955, Girard grew up in Vancouver. In 1986 he began his photographic career at Asiaweek, covering news and features in Hong Kong. Between 1987 and 1997 Girard photographed on assignment across Asia. In 1993, with co-autho
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