Dave Tacon. The new-found wealth of Chinese society, and its contrasts and contradictions.
Today, Shanghai is one of the most exciting and stylish cities on the planet, as well as one rife with contrasts and contradictions. It has found itself caught in a constant cycle of creative destruction. Young people, whose grandparents starved in the famines of Mao’s Great Leap Forward and Cultural Revolution, drink Champagne, Cognac and super-premium whisky under the gaudy lights of nightclubs. Here patrons do not come to dance but come to flaunt their new-found wealth. Many believe this wealth and love of excess apparent in Chinese society, is the birth of the Chinese Dream.
Shanghai-based photographer Dave Tacon is a two-time Walkley Award winner. His portrait and documentary work is held in the permanent collections of the National Portrait Gallery, National Library of Australia and State Library of Victoria. Dave has worked on assignment for the Wall Street Journal, CNN, Travel + Leisure, Al Jazeera, Der Spiegel, Stern, GEO, Die Zeit, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, The Monthly, Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian and many other publications.
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