2005 Photo Contest, Contemporary Issues, Singles, 3rd prize

Alessandro Digaetano

Polaris Images

10 October, 2004

A young man poses in the ruins of his former home. A migrant worker, he was living in the building that it was his job to demolish. As the manufacturing sector burgeons, the plan over the next 25 years is to move as many as 400 million people from rural areas to the cities. In Shanghai, traditional shikumen houses from the 19th century, as well as a variety of early 20th-century colonial-period buildings, are being flattened to make way for new high-rises as the city expands.

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Alessandro Digaetano

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