Get Featured: Tim Gao


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Get Featured: Tim Gao
Todays feature is a look at the streets of Shanghai through the eyes of Tim Gao. Tim tries to look at the culture behind the streets of Shanghai and see how quickly it is changing. Check it out.

Tim Gao is a freelance photographer from Shanghai, China. Tim Gao has been persistently shooting Shanghai street photography since 2012, being influenced by photographers such as Daido Moriyama, Nobuyoshi Araki, Diane Arbus, Josef Koudelka, Marc Riboud, Takuma Nakahira and Issei Suda, among others. His work shows the exquisite craftsmanship needed to obtain street photography, specially with film cameras.

Street photography is not just a sharp triggering of the shutter to shape the outside world in the form of light and shadow. It is simultaneously a curious observation and emotional perception of what’s happening in the ordinary streets at any moment when unpredictable dramas and realities are actually taking place.

As for Shanghai, I have lived here for over 9 years. I always try to explore the urban city and residential lanes (also known as Longtang) that are hidden and unknown to me, and contemplate my emotional attachment to the city.

Street photography not only enables me to create a documentary view of the unique Shanghai street and the culture behind it, but also reveals the extraordinary and metaphorical aspect of Shanghai ®C an °∞invisible theatre°± of mystery, drama and nostalgia.


Thanks for sharing your work with us, Tim. A much more raw view of Shanghai, considering it is usually all bright lights and big city.
Come on, share with us what you have and get yourself featured.

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Please make sure you come and comment, polite and constructive critique is welcome.

6 comments on “Get Featured: Tim Gao”

    Dan Castelli June 24, 2016 at 8:47 pm / Reply

    Dear Tim,
    I’m always drawn to these types of subjects. The images will be invaluable in years to come, much like Atget’s work of Paris. Keep up the good work. Many people don’t know how fast change comes these days. I would love to visit Cuba before we Americans turn it into a giant mall.

    Now, that being said, I do have a ‘quibble’ about the quality of the posted images. Although your work triggered this observation, other photographers have posted work on this site with the same problem. Time should be taken to clean-up the images of dust & dirt marks. These defects detract from strong, powerful images.

    Continue to follow your passion on this project; your gritty B&W shots (sans d&d) are perfect for your way of seeing.

    Colin Corneau June 25, 2016 at 9:00 am / Reply

    I love the commitment and dedication it takes to produce work consistently from the same place, over a period of years — to see the same old place with constantly objective eyes.
    I try do the same thing on my site (listed) but am very curious how someone in a megacity like Shanghai does that!
    I agree with the previous commenter, how this gritty view is an interesting contrast to a glittering, smooth money-fuelled place like Shanghai.

    And as a fellow film shooter, I love the look of B&W film.

    Steve Kleinheider June 25, 2016 at 8:42 pm / Reply

    Wonderful shots…loved the detail and feel to each one! I disagree with the previous poster (Dan) in regarding the need to clean-up the dust & dirt marks…perhaps that is exactly how you wish to have your work presented…there is nothing wrong with that! Keep up the excellent work!

    Dan Castelli June 26, 2016 at 7:42 pm / Reply

    There is craft & there is vision. As vision becomes refined and matures, craft must be elevated to match.

    If you made handcrafted furniture, one would expect that the quality of your workmanship would match the beauty of your pieces. It’s the same with us.

    I know it’s my opinion, but it’s based on 45+ years of working in photography, creating installations, finishing, matting, framing and hanging photos.

    Giovanni Maggiora July 1, 2016 at 10:21 pm / Reply

    Absolutely great portfolios, Tim, great to see that not everything has been transformed into shiny skyscrapers yet. Great BW work, contrasted but not overdone. I need to rethink my no-film choices…. :)

    Clifford S Cooper July 19, 2016 at 11:18 am / Reply

    I love this work. Shows that content is more important than anything. keep up the good work!

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