“Lao Ke Le” Seagull Camera exhibition by Jellymon Shanghai
Few weeks ago I put up a post about Seagull brand camera. If you are in town this Friday, please come check out the show:
The Seagull Lao Ke Le exhibition will be held at Factory in a the beautiful 1933 architecture in Hong Kou Distrit in Shanghai . Showcasing photographs taken with the China heritage brand Seagull Camera’s classic SLR, Medium Format and Rangefinder cameras. The photographers involved in the show are up and coming and well known Chinese and international photographers, designers and musicians. The exhibition will also introduce the brand and it’s history and will display vintage cameras which will be for sale in The Factory shop.
The Shanghai Camera Factory was founded in 1958. It was only in 1964 when it was decided that they would enter the export business was the company renamed as Seagull. They started of life creating duel lens cameras based on rolleiflexes, they even created a camera for Madame Jiang (Mao’s wife) called the Red Flag 20 (a copy of the Leica M4) which is now incredibly valuable as only 200 were made.
Seagull have made over 20 million cameras since they were founded but like many state run ‘heritage brands’ are finding it hard to fit into the modern marketplace.
Photographers in the show:
Taking part in the show is a select group of up and coming and well known photographers, artists and musicians.
Tony Law, 223 and Madi Ju are well known photographers from Beijing, who between them, have shot for Vice Magazine, The New York Times, Wallpaper, Vogue, Elle and many others. Jovi Xu style icon and designer from Guilin. Alex So from Guangzhou, editor of the influential Cold Tea magazine. Rodney Evans professional photographer from Sydney based in Shanghai. Cotton and Tata from Xiamen’s M-Style magazine. Jenn Wong, Korean Canadian based in Shanghai who has shot for Nylon,
Dazed and Confused Magazine and Rolling Stone. Xiao Punk, singer of the shanghai based band Boys Climbing Ropes. Peng Lai from the well known Beijing rock group New Pants and many others.
What is Lao Ke Le:
Lao Ke Le is a shanghainese colloquial term which originated in the 1930’s. In jazz-era Shanghai there was a newly emerging class of people known as the “Lao Ke Le (老克勒)”. “Ke Le” is a transliteration of the English word “Color” and described the colorful nature of 1930’s Shanghai life. “Ke Le” is also derived from the word for class in Chinese, which speaks of the type of westernized Chinese that would be known as the Lao Ke Le. The Lao Ke Le were well dressed, modern Shanghainese who mixed easily with the foreigners inhabiting the city. They were pioneers in mixing eastern and western culture which shaped the city and created a type of forward thinking which can still be seen throughout Shanghai today.
1933 Creative Complex
1ST FLR, BUILDING 4, 29 SHAJING ROAD,