November 06th 2011 by Andrew S Gibson
I thought Shanghai was a modern city. Until, that is, I walked away from the bright lights and skyscrapers in the centre and started to explore the older neighbourhoods. Some of these are simply undeveloped, and will probably be bulldozed and rebuilt in the near future. Others have retained their ‘old’ character for reasons of commerce and tourism, such as Yuyuan Garden in the Old City.
Dongtai Road antiques market is both antiques market and tourist attraction. The road is lined on both sides with market stalls and narrow shops that sell a bewildering array of trinkets; posters, old toys, comic books, Chairman Mao figurines, paintings, calligraphy brushes and countless other baubles. It’s impossible for me to tell which are genuine, and which are fake. But when it comes to photography, it hardly matters, as long as they look good in front of the camera.
These are some of my favourite black and white photos that I took in the antiques market:
Dongtai Road antiques market photo gallery