Surge captures the essence of 21st Century urban China; a chaotic flux of communism and capital, people and commodity, belonging and alienation. At the height of its regeneration and reinvention over 10 million migrant workers poured into Shanghai from the impoverished rural provinces; to them, the city is both sacrifice and salvation, gulag and home.

Photos by David Gray

   


 

Vampire

In Cernavodă, Ceausescu’s ghost still stalks the fringes of town. The bulk of the tenements are crumbling like rotten teeth and the outsiders, the Gypsies and the Turks have clustered themselves into makeshift shanty villages clinging to the city’s perimeter like limpets. The streets and alleys are dark and lifeless, the dracul could easily inhabit these shadowy recesses.

Photos by David Gray

 

     

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