“All around, on the surrounding streets and lanes, high-rise buildings – made of concrete, glass and steel – rose out of the rubble like an an army of giant tombstones. Rents went up too, and Zhapu Road finally came crashing to its knees. The bubblegum-pink lighted massage parlours, the cheap flop-houses and eateries, the beggars, the ornate balconies, the kitsch décor … the pimps, the touts and the whores; all gone – and who’s to say the world is not a better place for it?”
Photographs outlive people, ideas and streets. At least these photographs do. Zhapu Lu in 2011, before the demolition crews and wrecking balls moved in. 17mm tilt-shift images, converted to black and white using Silver Efex Pro.