Shooting Shanghai: Six photographers you don't want to miss

Shooting Shanghai: Six photographers you don't want to miss

The second Shanghai Photographers' Night brings local talent into the spotlight
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After checking out the local talent, stick around as photographer Abram Hodgens demonstrates how to shoot first-person, point-of-view time-lapse photography, taking you on a frenzied ride through Shanghai's nightlife scene.

With the success for the first Shanghai Photographer’s night last month, it’s back again at Dada tomorrow night (Wednesday) showing off six of the most talented photographers in Shanghai.

Shanghai Photographers' Night is a monthly photo exhibition put on by locally-based photographers. Depending on who is showing during the event, the shots can range from artistic to fashion forward, party pics to experimental.

Wednesday night will showcase China through the lenses of Rolento, Florian Ritter, Boyon, Ding Ding, Sue Anne and Ren. There will also be a special presentation from Abram Hodgens.

The line-up


Rolento is a professional photographer and moviemaker from Singapore now based in Shanghai. His professional work covers everything from fashion to architecture. In this series called "Exit", Rolento attempts to get the viewer to reflect on the idea of "escape" by photographing curious locations in Shanghai in which the “Exit’ sign is distinctly visible.

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Florian Ritter
A self-taught photographer, Ritter discovered his passion while on an unplanned trip around the world. Florian enjoys playing with light and color, transforming his landscapes into images that seem to have escaped from a dream.

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Ding Ding
An amateur photographer who swears by film cameras, Ding Ding mainly takes snapshots of her own life. In the series showing at this event she expresses her relentless urge to escape through travel photos and portraits. Her film photos allow us to feel intimately familiar with their protagonist.

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Baoyin is probably one of the best Chinese lighting assistants in Shanghai, and through film he takes us back to his hometown in Inner Mongolia during the new lunar year. During this time people from all surrounding villages gather together to dance. Wearing traditional clothes, teams compete for the best performance, even though it’s often 25 degrees below zero.

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Sue Anne
Originally from Singapore, Sue Anne has been working in Shanghai for two years. In this series, she summarize the dilemma behind Shanghai's rapid transformation with images of migrant workers on high rise buildings and the back alleys of old Shanghai. Sue Anne poetically documents the transformations of an amazing city.

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The final photographer of the night, Ren captures those little moments in Shanghai that only last for a fraction of a second but which manage to leave a deep impression on its viewers.

Shanghai Photographers' Night, December 16, Dada, 115 Xingfu Lu, near Fahuazhen Lu 幸福路115号, 近法华镇路 free, 8pm. If you’d like to participate in a future show, email Tim Franco at

A borough-bred Manhattanite, editor and writer Jessica Beaton lived in Shanghai for five years and has now moved to Hong Kong.

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