Shanghai December 2019, the city moves forward fast but not at the same speed for all
The new (ab)normal

Jerome De Perlinghi

Shanghai  (1985-2020+) is my major body of work and still an ongoing project. During this period of the COVID-19 pandemic I have been reflecting on my archive of previous work in relation to my Chinese heritage, as this situation has played out globally. The story starts with my family as my Grandmother is Chinese. Growing up in Belgium, I was fascinated by the family stories about my far away relatives. In 1985, at the age of 24, I left for the first time to photograph Shanghai. I was fascinated, hoping this would become a major project about Shanghai. I have spent now over a full year in the streets of Shanghai, over 9 different trips, walking the same streets over and over.

These five selected images are from my most recent trips in 2018 and 2019. What is happening to this city now? The background has totally changed and people must readjust to their very fast new environment – I think about this all the time.

About the artist

Jerome De Perlinghi is a documentary photographer based in North Carolina, USA but originally from Belgium and the Director of Eyes on Mainstreet, a street based public photography exhibition in Wilson, North Carolina. Eyes on Mainstreet is an International Industry partner working with the Photography Discipline of the School of Art. 

Jerome’s portrait taken by Peter Fitzpatrick