Gotham Shanghai

Architect and photographer Amey Kandalgaonkar’s series, ‘Dark Deco,’ transforms China’s emerging financial hub into a real-life Gotham City.

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Many have compared Shanghai — which is in the midst of a development boom, to Batman’s Gotham City. Amey Kandalgaonkar’s perception is that it is fascinating to see how the old and modern architectures coexist.

Shanghai’s Art Deco architecture combined with Kandalgaonkar’s eyes gives a stupefying result : when looking at the shots, one can feel like he’s diving into some kind of a film noir.

The long exposure shots and high contrast really do create a dark, mesmerizing effect.


From the 1933 Shanghai Slaughterhouse to haunted-looking Hitchcockian residences, you have to take a look… –