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Faces We Love – Shanghai by Derek Muhs & Marisa Tarin
Faces We Love – Shanghai
Through this collection of 100 mostly full-colour 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 an entrepreneur and has been investing in real estate, health care and media. Derek was a producer on two award-winning documentaries, and then founded Human Touch Media. As a world traveller and 25 year volunteer he enjoys capturing the stories of everyday people through visual storytelling. In 2022 he launched Faces We Love, a private collection of photographs capturing one of his favorite cities in the world, Shanghai. 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.
Faces We Love is a book filled with beautiful photography and a very few words or phrases. The photographs all take place in the city of Shanghai. This highly populated city is truly loved by those who visit or live there. The photographers are gifted in taking pictures of all types of people who live and work in this city.
Most of the pictures have a short quote to simply identify the person or act. Some of the chapter headings provide a Bible verse or very short story about someone. Faces We Love shows people involved with their everyday lives, just doing what they always do. The photographs aren’t staged and provide the reader with such enjoyment.
There are Chinese writings on each page, as well as a phrase or quote. What I love are all the authentic smiles. There is an adorable photograph of small children running and laughing. We can come up with plenty of staged coffee table books.
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