Beijing 2006 - Photography shop

Marjolein Katsma

Groningen, Netherlands

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Share this page Photo © 2006 Marjolein Katsma | Text © 2012 Marjolein Katsma

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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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