Greg Girard (born 1955) is a Canadian photographer living in Shanghai since 1998.
His work looks at the physical and social transformations taking place in China and across Asia. He divides his time between potographing on assignment for National Geographic Magazine and pursuing his personal work. In North America he represented by Monte Clark Gallery (Toronto, Vancouver). While living in Hong Kong between 1983 and 1998 he published City of Darkness,
co-authored by Ian Lambot, a document of the final years of the Kowloon Walled City.
His second book, Phantom Shanghai (Magenta, 2007), with an introduction by novelist William Gibson, looks at the homes, streets, shops, buildings and neighborhoods that will not survive the vision that city has for itself. The Independent Newspaper (U.K.) cited Greg Girards Phantom Shanghai as one of the top ten photography books of all time.
His work is in the collections of The Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Vancouver Art Gallery and private collections world-wide.
2009HALF THE SURFACE OF THE WORLD, Clark and Faria Gallery, Toronto; Monte Clark Gallery, Vancouver
2008 SHANGHAI, Monte Clark Gallery, Vancouver
2007 GREG GIRARD, Monte Clark Gallery, Toronto
SAILORS, Monte Clark Gallery, Vancouver
2006 DOWNTOWN, Monte Clark Gallery, Vancouver
2005 PHANTOM SHANGHAI, Monte Clark Gallery, Toronto/Vancouver
Selected Group Exhibitions
2008 CHINA LUCIDA, Amelia Johnson Contemporary, Hong Kong
SHANGHAI KALEIDOSCOPE, Royal Ontario Museum
2004 PARALLEL WORLDS, Lille European Cultural Capital
2001 CITIES ON THE MOVE, Kiasma, Helsinki
2000 CITIES OF THE 21ST CENTURY, Bauhaus,
1999 CITIES ON THE MOVE, Hayward Gallery, London
2010 HANOI CALLING: ONE THOUSAND YEARS NOW; The Magenta Foundation
2007 PHANTOM SHANGHAI, The Magenta Foundation
2000 BEIJING, SHANGHAI, SHENZHEN: CITIES OF THE 21ST CENTURY,
1999 CITY OF DARKNESS: LIFE IN KOWLOON WALLED CITY, with Ian Lambot; Watermark Publications. Reprinted 1999-2007
The year 2010 marks the millennium anniversary of Hanoi, the vibrant capital city of Vietnam. To commemorate this momentous occasion, Greg Girard was invited to capture the spirit of daily life and the architectural heritage of this unique and complex city. Hanoi Calling: One Thousand Years Now takes us through the city's streets and alleys, onto its rooftops and balconies, and into the shops and homes of Hanoi's residents on the eve of the Millennium. Eschewing the city's better-known landmarks, Girard instead explores the often overlooked features that define daily life for residents, taking us into a private and intimate version of the everyday.
Greg Girard is a Canadian photographer whose work looks at the social and physical transformations taking place in Asia. As with Hanoi Calling, his two previous books, Phantom Shanghai and City of Darkness: Life in Kowloon Walled City, combine an anthropological approach with a lyrical realism.
His work is in the permanent collection of the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, the Art Gallery of Ontario and other public and private collections worldwide.
He is represented by Clark and Faria Gallery, Toronto (Canada), and Hanoi Studio, Hanoi (Vietnam).