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Leslie Shang Zhefeng: Shanghai Scenery

Born in 1991, Baoji, Shaanxi, China. Currently lives and works in Shanghai, China.


Shanghai Landscape (2020) is a project documenting the massive building expansion brought about by Shanghai’s rapid urbanization as a new landscape in China’s current urban development. Covering the inner and outer middle ring of Shanghai, the series explores the impact that the development of urban public space has on the environment as well as on individuals and the identity-related issues of temporariness arising out of the development. From outdoor architecture to indoor self-portraits, Leslie Shang Zhefeng connects himself to the urban public space by appearing in demolished houses and construction sites of the city as part of a long time research regarding the current state of China’s urban architectural landscape, as well as its related social issues, environment and population movement. 

Through his photographic practice, Leslie Shang Zhefeng has been paying attention to Chinese social issues, the relationship between man and architecture, population mobility, natural environment, ecology, self-identity and family history. His work has been featured on several magazines including INDIE, WÜL and C41. 

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Edited by Martin Wendelbo