Beijing 2006 - Photography shop by Marjolein Katsma

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Tags for this photograph:
kodak, kadok, beijing, china, hutong, photography shop, shop, shop front, spelling error, brand, latin script

Part of the Beijing 2006 – The hutong series; see my same-named journal post for a bit of background.

See the location on a satellite map (Google’s street map doesn’t register with the satellite view!)

A small photography shop I spotted on the edge of a hutong area not far from my hotel.

The ‘spelling error’ featured here is actually quite common in many parts of the world (I’ve seen plastic shopping bags with the exact same logo and text in at least two different countries). It may just be a common error to make by people unfamiliar with latin script, or it may be deliberate to suggest a well-known brand without actually being affiliated with it (or both).

I’m curious to know what all the Chinese text on the shop front means – any translation help would be appreciated! One curiosity is that the yellow text on the dark background, just above the shop, seems to have spaces between words – something I’ve not seen anywhere else.

Working on translations…

top front
where meaning pinyin
line 1 (red on yellow)  TBD
line 2 (red on cream)  TBD
line 3 (yellow on black)  indeed spaces between 4 phrases:
 identification photos  zhèngjiàn zhào
 portrait photographs  yìshù zhào
 typewriting  dăzì
 photocopies  fùyìn

Camera: Fuji Finepix F30


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I have two passions: travel and photography – and these are often combined. Though even in my own city I often have a camera with me!

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  • foppe47
    foppe47almost 3 years ago

    Pracht plaatje Marjolein
    verhaal ook
    Gtoetjes Foppe

  • Dankjewel, Foppe! Dit was echt zo’n ‘drie stappen terug’ moment: pas als je er al voorbij bent zie je het…

    – Marjolein Katsma

  • Woepi
    Woepialmost 3 years ago

    Geweldig Marjolein, het lijkt van zichzelf al op een kodakdoosje.

  • LOL! Daar heb je helemaal gelijk aan, Woepi! (Als ik dit jaar of volgend jaar zoals gepland in Beijing kom, ga ik zeker kijken of het er nog is – ik weet nog exact waar het was.)
    Dank voor je mooie observatie en de fave!

    – Marjolein Katsma

  • Hans Bax
    Hans Baxalmost 3 years ago

    Nou, Kodak kan ik in ieder geval lezen….lol!
    Mooi, karakteristiek plaatje, Marjolein! En dan met die wirwar van draden….
    Groeten en fijne dag!

  • Ik vrees dat ‘Kadok’ inmiddels wel verdwenen is – aan de andere kant van de straat stond toen al hoge nieuwbouw, en ernaast waren ze al aan het afbreken (daar komt nog een foto van – dit wordt een lange serie!). Maar ik ga wèl kijken als ik de kans krjig! Dank voor je leuke commentaar, Hans!

    – Marjolein Katsma

  • heinrich
    heinrichalmost 3 years ago

    I have seen more perfect copies done by Chinese before :) great shot!!

  • I’ve seen plenty of Shanzai ‘culture’ when I was shopping for a dual-sim phone (and eventually bought a non-shanzhai one from a Chinese online store) a year or so ago – HiPhones, ePhones, Nokla galore. ;) Now, even whole stores are faked (but may sell the real products!). But I don’t think it was such a ‘thing’ yet in 2006 (or maybe I wasn’t aware of it yet).

    Thank you very much for your perfect comment, Heinrich! :)

    – Marjolein Katsma

  • Jazzdenski
    Jazzdenskialmost 3 years ago

    I love the quirkyness of this.

  • :) I like quirky! (There’s more to come fro Beijing…) Thank you Denis!

    – Marjolein Katsma

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