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This autumn Shanghart's H-Space celebrates its 1st anniversary. To this opportunity, Shanghart will present Hu Yang's documenation of "shanghai families homes"

From January 2004 to February 2005, Hu Yang photographed and interviewed 500 local, migrant and foreign families living in Shanghai, including billionaires, middle-class and the poor, covering a variety of professions.

These colorful pictures show the living status and environment of the the different classes in today's Shanghai, and reflect the various social problems and contemporary features. It offers you the opportunities to fully and further explore Shanghai.

LI You (Shanghai, Corporate Staff) I work in a foreign company. The daily work is full of stress and business. After work, I come back home and want to do nothing at all. I may spend two hours in the bathtub for relaxation, or watch a movie. I am also a part-time Internet writer.

WEI Yu Fang (Shandong, Vendor) We have miserable life. Battercake and salted vegetable for every meal, accompanied by plain water. When the kids cry for meat dishes, I just cook an egg. As long as it is not rainy, I go out and do my business 15 or 16 hours a day, getting up very early and back home very late. I hope the kids can be good at their study. Even with debts, I will send them to college, no as illiterate as I am. My oldest son works very hard and always brings back awards every semester, which makes my so happy. Some evil people often spite me on my fruit stall, and it makes me really sad.


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Shanghai Living
Photographies by Hu Yang
ShanghART H-Space