In Shanghai, the Bike Still Lives On

PhotographerHerman Mao
PrizeHonorable Mention
Companynone
City/CountryBrooklyn, United States
Photo DateAPRIL 2010
Entry Description

The story of the bicycle in Shanghai is like an aging celerity gradually being forgotten, hoping for some attention, for a possible come back. From the foreign commodity’s first appearance as early as the 1870s, the bicycle has gone from the socialist symbol of modern transportation for the people to the current decline where seemingly overnight revolution of the middle class and the desire for more “modern” living standards quickly substituted pedaling needs with motorized transportations. This photo series documents the roles of bikes in the daily lives of Shanghai, reflecting their gradual death, resilience, and signs for new life.