Shanghai Life – Nicky Almasy


Nicky Almasy is one of the most sought-after photographers in Shanghai where he has been based since 2006. His photo and video work has attracted both awards and attention, reflected in his global client base. Nicky has shot for international magazines and newspapers including Condé Nast, Wallpaper*, Financial Times, The Daily Mail and Where, as well as corporate clients Sennheiser and K-Array, among others.

His photographic portfolio covers architecture, fashion, travel, dining and portraiture. He is also an in-demand filmmaker, principally for music videos and documentaries. In 2010, Nicky was commissioned to shoot Shanghai Tower, Asia’s tallest building and the world’s second largest building after the Burj Khalifa. The project – which has taken five years to shoot and is still ongoing – encompasses the entire construction process of Shanghai Tower, from breaking ground to completion.

Nicky is currently working on a feature-length documentary on Shanghai Tower’s architect, Marshall Strabala, for whom he has worked as a personal photographer since 2012. His architectural portfolio also includes work for B+H Architects, the company behind Shanghai building K11, formerly the Hong Kong New World Tower.

Nicky’s other major photographic subject is the city of Shanghai itself. For the last nine years, he has photographed China’s largest city in the thrust of one of the greatest urban transformations in history. His photo book, Shanghai, City in Motion: Rebirth of a Modern Metropolis, was published in 2013.


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