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Shops closed and cordoned off along Guizhou Road in Shanghai's Huangpu district on March 17. 

Shops closed and cordoned off along Guizhou Road in Shanghai's Huangpu district on March 17. 

Photographer: Anthony Reed

A Photographer Records Shanghai's Final Days Before Lockdown

Anthony Reed snapped photos of empty Shanghai streets before his departure from China. 

British photographer Anthony Reed moved to China in 2008, drawn to the country as it opened up more to the international community. He took what could be his last-ever photo of the country on April 9. 

He had spent over a decade in China, building up a photography business in Shanghai. As the years passed, Reed got to observe both China’s rapid economic development and its shift to becoming increasingly insular. His visa got more and more difficult to renew, and those normally welcoming of his camera became more and more hostile.