Phantom Shanghai by Canadian photographer Greg Girard shows a city in the process of great change. Girard’s photos present the conflict between development and neglect, and the resulting beauty that is gemlike once sought after, or simply found. There is a magic about the alleyways, the street dirt, the ramshackle buildings that persevere in the face of the modernism that dwarfs vestiges of the past. Girard has masterfully captured moments that most of us may never ever witness, and the lyricism that is embued within them marks the contrasts even more. This is a book to sit down with, and begin an adventure …
Hardcover, 224 pages. Magenta, 2007. $31.50 at Amazon.