Yuan Xiaopeng is a Chinese artist and photographer that spends time photographing street scenes of Shanghai. Captured with portrait orientation, the images gather a sense of the city’s multiple identities, channeled through the photographer’s keen eye for chance encounters with light and composition.

Yuan Xiaopeng presents in his photo-series views of Shanghai that may otherwise have slipped unnoticed, with Yuan Xiaopeng often pointing his lens in the direction of street corners, cracks in the surfaces and close-ups that render their subjects (at first) unrecognizable. As a viewer becomes familiar with Yuan Xiaopeng’s work, it can be discovered to arise with an interest in the subtly surreal or uncanny, hidden in plain sight of everyday Shanghai life.

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