The streets of Shanghai seen through the eyes of a Japanese photographer.

In his photobook “Shanghai”, Japanese photographer Hiroyuki Nakada presents photography taken on the streets of the Chinese megacity. Nakada, who moved from Japan to China in 1999, and his sensibilities are neither “in” nor “out”; his photographs – many of them focusing on faces – reveal the curiosity of an outsider and the knowledge of an insider.

“I point the camera at my subjects without warning. My subjects are neither models nor actors, just ordinary citizens. I can’t help but feel excited seeing the horror somewhere in the depths of expressions on people’s faces in everyday life. Seeing them fulfills me. That is why I still devour them even today, like a hyena that has found its prey.” — from Hiroyuki Nakada’s statement (translation by shashasha)

Book Size
200 × 200 mm
132 pages, 100 images
Publication Year
English, Japanese
Limited Edition

Artist Profile

Hiroyuki Nakada

Born in Kanagawa prefecture in 1960, Nakada moved to Shanghai in 1999 and began photographing people on the streets of Shanghai since 2008. In 2016, he exhibited “Shanghai” at Place M, and continued his exhibitions “Passerby A” (2017) “Five Eyes” (2018) and “Four Limbs and Five Organs” (2019) at the same venue. Nakada is also actively participating in exhibitions and photo festivals overseas. In 2018 he held his exhibition “Five Eyes” at Machine House Brewery in Seattle, USA and participated in Shanghai International Photo Festival, 1st China Naiman Camel Bell on Silk Road International Photo Festival, and Yixian International Photo Festival in the same year.