Dusk descends in China's financial capital, Shanghai. cityscape info









HUANGPU JIANG



China's financial capital, Shanghai, is split in two by the 100km long Huangpu River. Starting at Dianshan lake and ending at the  Yangtze river estuary, the city is dependent on this body of water; from shipping to power plant cooling. 


I walked the length of it and photographed the places and people that work and live  beside the river, revealing a city larger and more diverse than just the iconic Bund.


Project shot on film with a Mamiya RZ67. All Images copyright Jonathan Browning. 


Dusk descends in China's financial capital, Shanghai info
A migrant worker washes clothes on the rear of their boat which collects demolished building hardcore to take down river. Shanghai. September 2015 (near international Cruise Terminal) info
Nanpu Bridge links Puxi and Pudong across the Huangpu River, Shanghai. info
Po, 11 years old. Live on the boat with his parents. On Huangpu River next to Sanchagang village. Shanghai info
Yangtze River Estuary viewing platform. The final stretch of the the Huangpu river where it meets with the Yangtze river and mouth of the Yellow Sea.  Baoshan, Shanghai. info
During early morning a man strolls the river at low tide. Shanghai info
Huangpu River Cruise by the Bund leaving from Shiliupu Docks. Taken on 6th September 2015. info
​New developments are constantly going up along the sought after Huangpu riverside.  Shanghai. info
Huangpu River Cruise by the Bund leaving from Shiliupu Docks. Taken on 6th September 2015. info
​Power plant sits at the end of the bridge. Shanghai info
New apartment building in Yongsheng Cun, An area that is seeing fast development. Minhang district

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An elderly lady takes morning exercise below the shadow of Xupu bridge in Minhang district, Shanghai. info
An 81 year old farmer living besides the Huangpu River. Next to Xiangyang He Qiao, a largely rural and agricultural area.  Songjiang District, Shanghai. info
Xie Yahua, 谢亚华, 67 years old from Anhui, a labourer planting trees and plants in the park besides Power Station of Art which is besides the river. Huangpu district, Shanghai info
An elderly couple pose of a photograph in their rice field in a rural area of Songjiang district. A couple of fields away from the Huangpu River. Shanghai info
The Huangpu River Water Culture Park. Songjiang, Shanghai. info
​An early morning kite flying enthusiast. Shanghai info
Passangers wait to board the Wusong - Sanchagang Ferry service, one of many ferry services that cross the river for pedestrians and bike owners throughout the day. Shanghai info
Left is Miao Qihua (庙其华) born in '72. Right is Hu Chaodong (胡朝东)born '65, both from Chongqing.  By the parking lot next to Laser Tag by Nanpu bridge. info
A sex doll left on the tidal river bed near Sanchagang village. info
​An aerial view of a bend in the busy Huangpu River info
(left) Cao Xi Zheng, 47 years old and (right) Hou Wei, 42 years old. Both from Henan Province and working as security guards for the new South Bund CBD development zone, adjacent to the Oriental Swimming centre. info
Zhao Shengchun 赵胜春, 50 years old, from Anhui. A security guard by a club house / restaurant next to a driving range by Nanpu bridge (上海东江体育俱乐部) info
Pedestrians on Waima Road, Huangpu area,  Shanghai, China. October 2014. info
(left) Xiong Ai Ming, 40 years old from Huebi and (right) Sun Yao Fei, 44 years old from Shanghai by Lixin Ship Factory No.3 Branch. Near Yindu Road, Xuhui, Shanghai, China. October 2014. info
Zhang Biao, 40 years old from Anhui overseas the loading of the boats.  Shanghai. September 2015 (near international Cruise Terminal) info
​A migrant worker whom collects plastic and other recyclable material in exchange for cash stands in his sorting area. Pudong District, Shanghai info
A boat propeller and welding factory besides the junction of Maozhu gang river and Huangpu river. On Matou gang bridge.  By the very start of the Huangpu River.  Songjiang District, China. info
​Pudong riverside, Shanghai info
​A small basketball court hugs the river in Pudong. Shanghai info
Tourists at the Lujiazui Pedestrian Ring Road during October Holidays. Lujiazui, Huangpu area, Shanghai, China. info
Staff from Yeshari Restaurant have a company activity with a run and quiet mediation along the river. Longteng Avenue, near long heng East Road, Xuhui area. Shanghai, China. October 2014 info
​West Bund. Shanghai info
​A disused factory and loading area besides the river. Shanghai info
Meng Xianzhou, 40 years old from Henan. A digger mechanic working at Shanghai Long Cheng Company. Longwu Road, near Fanghe Road. Minhang area, Shanghai, China. October 2014. info
Hong Qianhua (洪钱华)26 years old, been working on the ferry for about 3 months. Huangpu River Cruise by the Bund leaving from Shiliupu Docks. Taken on 6th September 2015. info
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Nanpu Bridge with a digger and tug  boat below. info
New roads besides the river in Pudong info
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Shanghai Sanlian Storage and Transportation. He has been in Shanghai for 6 to 7 years.  Fenghan road and Xipu Road, in Minhang district Shanghai. info
​Peace Hotel rooftop, Shanghai info
A train crossing platform worker. He controls the gates for when a goods train come through, usually once or twice a day to a factory alongside the Huangpu River. Lincang Road, by youhao village. Minhang, Shanghai. info
​Power plant sits at the end of the bridge. Shanghai info
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Mr Tao, From Anhui, Shovels coal at a Coal Depot at Shanghai Sanlian Storage and Transportation. He has been in Shanghai for 6 to 7 years.  Fenghan road and Xipu Road, in Minhang district Shanghai. info
Boats pass by at dawn next to the Huangpu River Water Culture Museum.  Songjiang, Shanghai info
Mr Zhou, A young migrant worker from Anhui, 19 years old and has worked here for two years. A coal depot next to Beisha harbour and Huangpu river, on lincang road. Minhang, Shanghai. info
The Shanghai Pear Museum - A building and greenhouses growing pear trees.  Besides the junction of Maozhu gang river and Huangpu river. On Matou gang bridge.  By the very start of the Huangpu River.  Songjiang District, China. info
Dusk descends in China's financial capital, Shanghai info
A truck mechanic stands in his workplace which is a stones throw from the river in an industrial area of Pudong district, Shanghai. ​ info
A truck mechanic stands in his workplace which is a stones throw from the river in an industrial area of Pudong district, Shanghai. ​ info
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