Go beyond the glitz, glamour, and bustle of one of the most populated cities on the planet and discover the real heartbeat and soul of Shanghai—its people.
Through this collection of 100 mostly full-color photographs captured by a team of passionate artists and photographers, Faces We Love Shanghai takes you on a journey through the city’s narrow alleyways and secluded backstreets. Each photograph reveals an untold story, showcasing the beauty and joy behind the everyday moments and people that are often overlooked.
Also featured in the book are photographs of a community working together as a team, supporting one another in a time of tremendous stress and anxiety, as COVID-19 swept the globe and the world pointed its finger at China. In a world divided, this stunning photography book cuts through the language barriers and cultural divide to bring you a work of pure craftsmanship—a collection that shows the true beauty of capturing people as they really are.
Highlighting the raw and honest moments of life in Shanghai that are at times heartbreaking and hopeful, serendipitous and authentic, Faces We Love Shanghai is a love letter to a city visited by many but truly seen by few.
Derek Muhs is a Canadian entrepreneur who has been working in real estate and health care within Europe and greater China. Derek has also been actively involved in volunteer work for over 20 years. After listing his Bio-tech company on the NASDAQ, Derek transitioned to Human Touch Media, a company that focuses on visual story telling and invests in documentaries and photography. In 2020, Human Touch Media has launched Faces We Love, a series of photography books that capture honest human moments. Derek is the co-curator on the first edition Faces We Love Shanghai, a city he lived in for 13 years. Human Touch Media projects have been featured on Netflix, along with international film and photography festivals including TriBeCa.
Marisa Tarin has had a love for photography since being a child in Argentina and watching her uncle, a photographer, capture unforgettable portraits of people. After immigrating to Spain, her professional life focused on real estate law and later offshore corporate law. Marisa has travelled much of the world and on her journeys with her camera in hand she collected a catalogue of moments with local people, better understanding their story through a simple photo. Marisa was able to transition from her legal activities to launch Human Touch Media and be a curator and photographer on the Faces We Love Shanghai collection. She has been active as a volunteer in education for many years and is currently in the process of relocating to India and exploring future Faces We Love collections.
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