“Disappearing Shanghai” photo galleries from Howard French

Howard French’s latest Shanghai gallery features the inhabitants of a disappearing Shanghai. Photos here; essay here.

“…much has disappeared. The pace of redevelopment in Shanghai … has accelerated greatly, as the city hurtles toward its hosting of the World Exposition in May 2010.

Some of the neighborhoods where I did my early photography have already been demolished and in some cases already rebuilt, their old inhabitants long since scattered.

Fragments of other neighborhoods barely cling to existence, meanwhile, like doomed convicts, knowing the end is near.”