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Shanghai Right Now [Paperback]

Kim Laughton , Malcolm Moore
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10 May 2010
Shanghai is in the middle of a boom, growing and changing at time-lapse speeds. The energy this creates is as manifest as the cement dust in the air, saturating and exciting. Despite the ever-expanding new there remains much old; the union of the two accentuates the chaos. A disorganized portrait of a disorganized city, Shanghai Right Now captures the metropolis in a way you've not seen it before.

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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Outburst; 1st Edition edition (10 May 2010)
  • ISBN-10: 095645500X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956455000
  • Product Dimensions: 21.2 x 14.4 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,816,285 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Photographer Kim Laughton has dug deep under the glitzy surface for Shanghai Right Now ... His images show ... a mega city dizzying in its scale and its rapacious absorption of trends and innovations, and ... a grimy underside. Stylish teens pose confidently for the camera; later on, Laughton captures distressing pictures of prostrated beggars. Gleaming skyscrapers stand in contrast to brusquely cleared sites and rickety old dwellings ... recalling Greg Girard's Phantom Shanghai project.
-- Metro, 20 May 2010

The World Expo in Shanghai, covering a site apparently twice the size of Monaco, has swiveled international attention once more on to this frantically modern Chinese metropolis - and inspired another burst of heady construction projects. Photographer Kim Laughton has dug under the glitzy surface for Shanghai Right Now (Outburst Books, £15). His images show on the one hand a mega-city dizzying in its scale and its rapacious absorption of trends and innovations, and on the other a grimy underside. Stylish teens pose confidently for the camera; later on, Laughton captures distressing pictures of prostrated beggars, Gleaming skyscrapers stand in contrast to brusquely cleared sites and rickety old dwellings with precarious corrugated iron add-ons, recalling Greg Girard's Phantom Shanghai project. It makes for a disorientating mix.
--Metro, 20 May 2010, Picture This: Our Choice from the Latest Art and Photography Books

About the Author

Kim Laughton is passionate about Asian mega-cities, and is the author/photographer of Scandalous Metropolitan: Tokyo Street Scenes.
Malcolm Moore is the Telegraph's Shanghai correspondent.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Shanghai through very foreign eyes 29 May 2010
By adampix
Format:Paperback
SHANGHAI RIGHT NOW is the second photographic essay that Kim Laughton a young British photographer has shot on cities in the Far East.
His fascination with first Tokyo (Scandalous Metropolitain) and now Shanghai has led him to abandon his home in Cornwall (where I first met him) and branch out into the dangerous world of
freelance publishing. Both books show a fascinating side of these huge cities that few Western visitors are ever likely to glimpse. The street people, the youth cults, the nightclubs, the garbage tips and the high rise blocks of cramped apartments are a far cry from the glossy tourist image of the Bund and The Ginza. No billionaire Chineses entrepreneurs in their Veyrons and no Geishas with their teeny weeny red lips. A refreshing, uncomfortable and completely different take on both Cities. I personally hate the crammed up layouts, but they do work quite well with the claustrophobic, frenetic nature of the subject matter - and they don't quite hide the excellence of the photography.
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