When I got the senior photographer job in Shanghai in late 2005, Reinhard Krause, who was Chinaβs chief photographer, well advised me to drop any preconceptions I might have about the place.
Below is an audio slideshow based on my portfolio of work from China, where I discovered a land of contradictions.
Below is a selection of some of the portfolio images. Click here for a full slideshow.
Models display jewelery of Cartier High Jewellery during a private gala dinner in Shanghai January 26, 2007. REUTERS/Nir Elias
Li Renying (R), 70, and her husband Zhang Kunlin, 74, stand in front of a backdrop during a photography session in a studio that caters especially to the elderly, in Shanghai October 20, 2007. REUTERS/Nir Elias