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DIE WELT: Shangai Mingongs

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Shangai Mingongs

China. Cheaper products, ancients traditions, newest technologies, one billion people and a huge country.
China scares us, but not enough to avoid our manifacturers to close their plants here in Europe and to open brand new ones in China to exploit them at half the price.
But why everything is so cheap and unexpensive?
Thanks to an independant photographer, Pierre Henniquant, finally we can discover how the magnificent towers that shine in Shanghai's skyline are built and at which price.
Thousand of men come from rural areas to work in the city centre dazzled by the hope of a better life and a job.
As you can see on the photograph's site here reality is a little bit different. They're piled up in small and unhealthy houses. There's no health care or insurances and they're obviously not well paid (but better than in the countryside from where they come from). Thanks to photographers we can understand how chinese products can be so affordable and think about a minute before purchase them.
For those who live in Paris an exposition will take place from the 1st of February 2007 to the 3rd of March 2007 @
Galerie-Librairie Impressions

98 rue Quincampoix, 75003 Paris
Directions here
T: 01 42 76 01 04
Opening hours: Wednesday from 6p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Photo courtesy of Pierre Henniquant. All rights reserved.

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