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Vanishing Shanghai I. An area of Hutongs or traditional low-rise housing sits between already demolished housing and new high rise developments behind. 2007

Vanishing Shanghai II. The writing on the wall reads, “Overusage of Electricity Prohibited”. 2007

Vanishing Shanghai III. Path through the rubble of demolished houses that are still inhabited before the construction of new buildings. 2007

Vanishing Shanghai IV. The Oriental Pearl TV Tower is viable in the distance. 2007

I visited Shanghai in 2007 and the city was metamorphosing at breakneck speed perhaps due to the Shanghai Expo and the the Beijing Olympics of 2008. One area of the city that caught my imagination in particular was where the the traditional low houses known as Hutongs were being torn down to make way for the modern high rises. In between the new and the demolished buildings people lived amongst the rubble, the sides of their houses ripped open as if in the aftermath of shelling. As well as this melancholy contrast I tried to capture the strange emptiness and theatricality of this temporary part of the city.

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Facade of Galleria Fashion Store, Seoul, South Korea

Facade of Galleria Fashion Store, Seoul, South Korea. Photo: Quintin Lake

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Example Spread from Hannover Re Annual Report

Lights above Nanjing East Road, Shanghai, China

Lights above Nanjing East Road, Shanghai, China. Photo: Quintin Lake

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Example Spread from Hannover Re Annual Report

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Detail Roof tiles Dubrovnik, Croatia. Photo: Quintin Lake

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Example Spread from Hannover Re Annual Report

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Bamboo fence next to Nijo Castle, Kyoto, Japan. Photo: Quintin Lake

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Example Spread from Hannover Re Annual Report

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Hannover Re Annual Report Cover 2008

German design agency Anzinger Wüschner Rasp selected my architectural texture photographs from Dubrovnik, Shanghai, Seoul and Kyoto to illustrate the international nature of the business of Hannover Re, one of the leading reinsurance groups in the world, in their 2008 Annual Report. The previous year’s annual report featured photographs by Yann Arthus-Bertrand.View the photographs on the Hanover re website here. Download a PDF of the report in German here and English here.

See more architectural photography including the images featured here in my book Drawing Parallels: Architecture Observed

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