Markets like these are all over Shanghai. The largest part of the population is shopping here for meat, fish, vegetables, fruit and rice. There is no refrigeration, no air con. Meat is brought in on scooters or in little vans, fish is bought from the large fish market and brought in on a bit of ice, but not really cooled once it arrives.
Flies abound and in summer, the smell is strong and unpleasant. The people, however, are open and friendly (at least most of the time), some of them are reading, some are living right there, behind their stalls. Mobile phone use is high, and quite often the younger people will be on the phone while selling to you.
I shot these images of the market in summer 2009 and wanted to present them here unedited in all their raw grit.
Tags: food market, people, china
Standing amidst his goods, a trader in rice, beans, oil and other canned goods smiles at the camera. Their stall was stuffed to the rafters with bottles and cans, sacks of rice and drums full of oil. The small counter features a poster with a modern, beautiful woman, electronic scales and a small assortment of noodles.
Set to one side of the market, these stall were fun to see and made for interesting discoveries of goods and people alike.Tags: