Photo exhibition shows city's colors through the eyes of the public

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Over 100 photos taken by residents and expatriates are being exhibited at the city's urban planning exhibition center along with three other exhibitions about the city's planning.
Wang Yantu
Zhu Kan / Ti Gong

Hang Yan (center), curator of the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center, leads guests and visitors to a photo exhibition on the theme “urban colors.”

Over 100 photos taken by residents and expatriates are being exhibited at the city's urban planning exhibition center along with three other exhibitions about the city's planning.

Shanghai's urban planning body began inviting citizens to submit their photos of the city in May, garnering over 2,300 entries, according to Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center. An expert panel selected 110 outstanding works from 64 participants for the exhibition on the theme “urban colors.”

Some of the photos focus on the city’s natural environment, including parks, waterways and forests, seasonal weather, and birds and insects.

Urban spaces such as buildings, plazas, roads, shopping malls and cultural venues are also showcased. Another theme is human life and culture, including heritage, neighborhoods, lifestyle, pedestrians and colorful neon lights.

Photographers were also invited to mention their personal experiences with the photos. 

These photos from amateurs are being displayed along with an exhibition of works from a local professional photographer. 

Shanghai-style lacquer ware, a local cultural heritage, is also being displayed along with urban planning cases of local community gardens.

Zhu Kan / Ti Gong

Visitors check out a photo exhibition on the theme “urban colors” at Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center.

Zhu Kan / Ti Gong

The series of exhibitions aim to demonstrate the citizen's pursuit and creation of the city's colors through different angles, such as residents, photographers, artists and urban planners, according to the city.

Gallard Phillippe from France came to the exhibition to learn more about Shanghai, where he works and lives with his wife, and its history.

"Though I have no professional photography knowledge, I felt the colors in the city are all wonderfully fabulous”, he said.

James Dace, a 21-year-old traveler from Britain, said he felt Shanghai is quite a modern city after checking out the exhibition. “The whole city, and the architecture, make me feel at home — it’s like a European city,” he said.

The exhibition will run through November 11.


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