Port­fo­lio CHINA, IAN BERRY IN­SIDE: ARTS & HOMES

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How mod­ern is China? Think of the fu­turescape that is the Shang­hai sky­line or the Bei­jing Na­tional Sta­dium (aka The Bird’s Nest) and you’d think very.

But in the bits be­tween con­crete and glass? Well, there, you can see peas­ants walk­ing past, re­minders of a coun­try that is older than most.

Here’s an ex­am­ple. Mag­num pho­tog­ra­pher Ian Berry caught an­cient and mod­ern China in a sin­gle im­age in Shen­zhen in the Guang­dong Prov­ince.

The re­sult jams mod­ern fash­ion­able China tight up against old, hunch-backed China.

Or does it? Look at the boom-box the old man is car­ry­ing. Old school, you might think. Ex­cept this im­age was taken back in 1992. Pre-dig­i­tal, in other words. That ra­dio would have been cut­ting-edge back then. Or near enough. Maybe not so old China after all.

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