At the middle of February, I will be going to Shanghai and I will be staying for quite some time. You see, I will be attending at the Jiao Tong university's language and culture program and next semester going for a master's degree.
I have not given up photography, although I have slowed down lately, so I will be bringing my Rolleiflex and a couple Holgas.
So, you know what I am asking you
1) If anyone wants to meet, or maybe pointers to local photographers and other artists
2) Photographic stores that still carry analog materials and could develop a C-41 film
3) Any other kinds of advice, photographic project ideas, living tips, that sort of thing
There two huge photographic malls in Shanghai, one in the vicinity of the central railway station (South entry, not very easy to find), the other one is called "Xing Guang" and can be found quite easily: Take the Metro line 8 to the station "South Xi Zang Road", the Mall is at the crossroads of Lu Ban Road and Xie Tu Road. Besides a whole log of digital things, you can also find films (kodak, Fuji, Lucky, etc.).
Forget C41 development, it's a mission impossible to find a store with adequate quality, because 99.9% of the people is shooting digital now.
Ryan Pyle is in Shanghai, I process and print for him and he is a wonderful individual. I am sure that he could be helpful to you.
Originally from Toronto
good luck with your move.
This sounds very exciting. Maybe you will blog your experiences.
Shanghai is fun---I've been there a couple of times but never had time to photograph with much seriousness. It's quite a cosmopolitan city, with a much more "modernised" feel than other Chinese cities in my experience. (More consistent restaurants, too, which is a big deal---I've had some of the best meals of my life in China, but also a few of the worst!) I suppose being there for a semester will give you a good chance to make local contacts and find out about the little back corners that visitors don't easily discover.
I get the sense that it's a city that has everything. For example, when I was there I was trying to find a specific museum exhibit, and ended up learning---by exhaustive search---that Shanghai has *three* distinct insect museums! Really, a city that can provide multiple options for your bug-viewing pleasure must have just about everything covered, wouldn't you think? :-)
I lived in Shanghai for 5 years. I'll be heading back for 6 weeks in the spring. It is without a doubt the greatest street photography city on earth. If you have any specific questions or need a hand feel free to PM me. It isn't hard to find C-41 development. There are Kodak stores all over the place that will develop for you very cheaply. However, the negatives will come back with fingerprints, dust spots and so on. For professional development, on the 3rd floor of xing guang in Shanghai there is a place that will develop everything (B&W/C-41/slide). Directly opposite from the top of the escalator. Sorry, but I can't remember the name of the shop.
Edit: I remember the name of the shop now. yi qian image. They have a location in xing guang and in xujiahui. They also have a website, but I can't find the link at present.
Try find a book by Justin Guariglia called "Planet Shanghai" ...an interesting read and a good take on a fascinating city.
Thank you all, really.
Your suggestions and information is very much appreciated and I am writing everything down.
I've been to China a couple times and spent two days in Shanghai, on a couple journalistic travels, but they were sniffs of an appetiser, just enough to make you want to jump on this cultural feast until you burst out.
I have a good contact in Shanghai and she's been very helpful so far and I am hungry for adventure and exploration, as this is what my focus is in life.
I am tad concerned that I only have a bit over a dozen rolls of HP5+ and i am considering the possibility of either stocking up before I leave, or continuing with Lucky, with which I had good luck on my last trip, even though its soiled reputation (I even opened up a thread here). Digital? Still not interested.
I have considered writing a sort of a journal, maybe even a blog...
If you have any suggestions for explorative visual projects, don't be shy!
My plans include not only language and a sense of history, but painting, calligraphy, martial arts, dance, cooking and all other riches I can discover. Of course, people!
On another note, do you think there would be any sort of opportunity of finding work a photographer?
I'd line up any contacts or possibilities for work *before* you leave. Keep your eyes open there but it's a huge city, hypermodern and hypercompetitive.
There is a camera mall there, you'll be able to find film there -- Ilford or Chinese brands. Shanghai GP3 is EI-100 but the half dozen or so rolls I've shot (120) I've been impressed with.
Thank you Colin.
I am actually looking for people in Greece interested in my voyage and its artistic possibilities and have made a couple moves so far. I am not a bad photographer and I am sure, not many people plan to spend months in such a rich environment studying its culture, so there are prospects for cooperation!
I am hunting for an apartment in smartshangai.com, possibly in the French Concession, or somewhere else convenient to JiaoTong.