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Story: Shutterbug records Shenzhen changes

09-06-2010 15:05 BJT Special Report:30 Anniversary of Shenzhen SEZ |

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Now we take a close look at the changes in Shenzhen has through the lens of a photographer. 72-year-old He Huangyou started recording Shenzhen's development with his camera in 1970. His work resembles a small archive. There is a story behind each photo.

Luohu Mountain ... 1976.

After the Shenzhen Special Economic Zone was set up, the city's government immediately initiated large scale infrastructure construction. The first important project was to remove 1.3 million cubic meters of soil and rock from the peak, and use them to block up the new Luohu Residential District.

Shennan Road ... 1981.

Before the Special Economic Zone was established, Shenzhen only had Earthen pathways, which covered a total length of no more than 382 kilometers.

This picture was taken in 2005.

Shennan Road is now a long and board thoroughfare. The city's streets cover more than 1,600 kilometers today.

To reflect the changes that have taken place in Shenzhen, He Huangyou often photographed the same places at different times. But some of those sites no longer exist.

He Huangyou, Chairman Shenzhen Photographers Association, said, "I took this photo from a three-level building. By 2005, that structure had been torn down. So I had to go back 300 meters to take the photo. Years later, many skyscrapers had appeared. So I took photo off the roof of a tall tower, but from the same perspective."

This picture, taken in 1987, is called "Spring Thunder."

The image focuses on the city's International Trade Center, which exemplifies the concept of "Shenzhen Speed."

He Huangyou said, "At the beginning of the Trade Center's construction, it took three days to finish each floor. This gave rise to the term `Shenzhen Speed.` It was the tallest building in China at that time. It took me three years to take this photo, from inception to final result."

In addition to infrastructure, He Huangyou also turned his camera to people, or issues that characterized the times. This picture was taken on August 10th, 1992, when stock trading was first gaining popularity.

Taking photos for many years, the veteran shutterbug has won several prizes. The reality reflected in his shots often moves many people. He says that, as Shenzhen develops, he will continue to find the city's brightest points, and record all of them with his trusty camera.

72-year-old He Huangyou started recording Shenzhen's development with his
camera in 1970.

Editor:Du Xiaodan |Source: CNTV.CN

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