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Shanghai's Global Ascendance

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Reuters photographer Carlos Barria recently spent time in Shanghai, China, the fastest-growing city in the world. A week ago, he took this amazing shot, recreating the same framing and perspective as a photograph taken in 1987, showing what a difference 26 years can make. The setting is Shanghai's financial district of Pudong, dominated by the Oriental Pearl Tower at left, and the new 125-story Shanghai Tower, China's tallest building and the world's second tallest skyscraper, at 632 meters (2,073 ft) high, scheduled to finish by the end of 2014. Shanghai, the largest city by population in the world, has been growing at a rate of about 10 percent a year the past 20 years, and now is home to 23.5 million people -- nearly double what it was back in 1987. This entry is focused on this single photo pairing, with several ways to compare the two.


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Tony Hall's insight:

Wow. This is amazing. The cynical side of me wonders what the costs have been for the people of the area. Not to mention the environmental costs.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, March 5, 9:39 AM

In the Atlantic, there was an article that highlighted some incredible comparisons of Shanghai’s Pudong district that shows the impact of globalization.  This image is my rendering of the two images as a composite image.  Globalization has hit…hard and fast.  Today, we shouldn't think of Shanghai as a major city in China, but as as one of the major cities in the world.

Joseph Thacker 's curator insight, April 15, 12:38 PM

It is amazing how quick a city can change in only 26 years. Since this picture was taken in 1987, the city's population has doubled, and is continuing to grow rapidly. Today, this city is one of the largest in the world and has magnificent skyscrapers, one of which is the second tallest in the world. It is obvious globalization hit this mega city very quickly, making it one of the most impressive cities in the world. 

Jess Deady's curator insight, May 4, 9:37 PM

Buildings, skyscrapers and urbanization. Why not? This is how the world is and this is what attacks tourists. For Shanghai, they need to be up to par with all the other business and tech savvy countries and cities. This is how they are going to keep their technological business, by building what needs to be built. 

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What Cities Would Look Like Without Any Lights

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This is really amazing photography! 

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, December 2, 2013 9:33 PM

City lights are taken for granted as a normal part of the human landscape...it's fascinating to image a world without them. 

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American Consumerism by Keith Yarling

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A nice set of photographs that illuatrate the nature of consumerism in the USA. Although focused on the USA, I know that the same kind of thing exists in countries like Australia and New Zealand. These images could be used to start off discussions about development and inequalities that exist around the world. Via http://agonistica.com/

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20 Historic Black and White Photos Colorized

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"One of the greatest facets of reddit are the thriving subreddits, niche communities of people who share a passion for a specific topic. One of the Sifter’s personal favourites is r/ColorizedHistory. The major contributors are a mix of professional and amateur colorizers that bring historic photos to life through color."

 


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This is cool! Really cool! I love monochrome photography but as the comment says "colorizers ... bring historic photos to life through color". Love it!

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, August 15, 2013 3:48 PM

This is a great collection with some famous historical figures and images that seem to capture an era. 

theo kuechel's comment, August 16, 2013 4:35 AM
This is fascinating for a number of reasons, firstly; in these days of digital photography where the default is 'colour' many photographers choose to convert their images to Black and White in order to create a mood or make visual statements. Although the images used in the piece will be Copyrighted - Flickr Commons http://www.flickr.com/commons offers a wealth of B&W images from museums around the world with 'no known copyright restrictions'. These could be used for all manner of educational and creative projects using colorising techniques.
Armando's curator insight, August 16, 2013 7:28 AM
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Frighteningly Beautiful Australian Peacock Spider

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Not a lot of us would choose spiders as an object of admiration, but the tiny Peacock Spider, found in Australia by Jurgen Otto, is exceptionally photogenic fellow!
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Even if you find spiders frightening, these images are amazing. I just love the colours. What nature can do!

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North Korea via Instagram (avec images) · theglobeandmail

David Guttenfelder, chief Asia photographer for the Associated Press wire service, sent these photos from North Korea straight to his Instagram account (in real time), a significant feat in a country where access is strictly controlled and where...
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In the early 2000's I Iived in Japan. There was quite often news about about North Korea in the Japanese media. Mostly it pertained to Japanese citizens who were kidnapped and taken to North Korea. Another sensation was the a US defector, Charles Jenkins returning to Japan in 2004. Since then, I have had something of a fascination with North korea. I have been following David Guttenfelder's images from North Korea on Instagram with great interest. 

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A soldier's eye: rediscovered pictures from Vietnam

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Charlie Houghey was drafted into the US Army in October of 1967. He was 24, and had been in college in Michigan before running out of money and quitting school to work in a sheet metal factory.
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I have a morbid fascination with war photography. I'm not sure why. Robert Capa's images are mind blowing. And I'm sure most people have seen Nick Ut's photograph of Kim Phuc as she runs naked & burning down a country road. I have photograhy books with images from places like Phnom Penh (when the Khmer Rouge took power in 1975) and Changi POW camp in Singapore (shot in secret by an Australian soldier).

 

Charlie Houghey's images of Vietnam are both moving and haunting. I cannot even begin to imagine what people went through in times like those. Nor do I want to. Having two grandfathers who served in WWII, I think it is important that we always remember those that were involved in events like these.

 

Lest we forget.

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Hong Kong's human battery hens: Claustrophobic images show how slum families squeeze their lives into the tiniest apartments

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These bird's-eye images have been taken by the Hong Kong-based Society for Community Organisation in a bid to document the plight of the city's most underprivileged people.
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This is quite amazing. An excellent resource for teaching population.

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Four volcanoes erupt at once in Russia

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When four nearby volcanoes erupt at once it makes for a pretty spectacular show.
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Erupting volcanoes are an awesome sight. This photography is just incredible!

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See the First Photographs Ever Taken of Jerusalem

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"Few places in the world are as revered, fought over and thought about as Jerusalem. For millenia, people have made pilgrimages here, often at great expense and great risk. So imagine for a second what it would be like to hear, from a young age, about this holy city, and then to see the first photographs ever taken of it."


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I love seeing old photographs. Although these are blurry they are amazing images. 

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Explore Everything: Place-Hacking the City

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   Bradley Garrett is a writer, explorer, filmmaker, photographer and a researcher in Technological Natures at theUniversity of Oxford. With a background in archaeology and geography, his research ...
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This is taking geography to whole new level. I hope it can inspire people (especially our kids!) to get out into the world and see what's there. Not necessarily to these extremes. What you see in these images is curiosity. Going to a place to see what it is like. And documenting it. Brilliant! 

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Propaganda pictures of Occupied France

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Photographs by Andre Zucca from Paris during WW2. These are fascinating because they're in colour and show what appears to be a nest orderly city. It's hard to believe there was a war going on. 

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Man Takes Breathtaking HD Photos of Sun In His Backyard

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Boston-based greeting-card maker Alan Friedman takes mind blowing photos of the Sun using a $5,000 telescope right from his backyard.
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These images are mind blowing! Such a different way of seeing our star.

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Klaus Leidorf Aerial Photography

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Klaus Leidorf: A german aerial archaeologist that likes to observe the human artifacts from a bird's eye view.
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These images are brilliant. So much geography in them. This the photographer's website: http://www.leidorf.de. Enjoy!

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Classroom Portraits Give a Glimpse of Students’ Lives Around the World

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Photographer Julian Germain’s portraits of school classrooms make for an intriguing archive of what early 21st-century education looks like around the world.
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I love these images. There is so much to discuss in them form all kinds of perspectives. I have just shown them to my Global Perspectives class as we begin a unit on Technology & the Economic Divide. Very thought provoking images!

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Images of Earth From Above

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Yesterday was Earth Day, a time set aside to increase awareness of the natural environment and the impact of our collective actions
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Wow! Just wow! Some amazing images here. Great to use as starters, discussions about patterns, spatial distribution and any number of features - both natural & cultural.

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Photography: An Intimate Look at Impoverished Homes Around the World

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Renowned photographer Steve McCurry takes us on an insightful journey, sharing the varied definitions of home from around the world in his series titled Where We Live.


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Steve McCurry captured the famous image of the "Afghan Girl" that was the cover of an issue of National Geographic. These images are of homes from around the world. I think they are a little challenging, which is good. I envisage showing them when teaching Disparities in Wealth & Development.

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Andrea Zeitz's comment, February 16, 2013 10:39 AM
Thanks for the added information-I know his photo so well didn't make the connection. These photos will make for many an interesting conversation!