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Benoit Florençon is a French-born photographer who has been living and working in Shanghai since 2006. A self-professed music junkie, it was Florençon’s love of music that led him to “draw a map” of the Chinese city’s burgeoning underground scene, culminating last year in the photographic series Inner Spaces. A profile of 14 different musicians photographed in the privacy of their studios, the critically-acclaimed exhibition was described as “a hymn for the local underground movement” and provides a uniquely intimate portrait of the musicians who call Shanghai home. In our latest installment of Essentials, we take a closer look at the globetrotting photographer’s most indispensable items, from the tools of his trade to the ideal snack on the go and his preferred choice of footwear. For more information, as well as a survey of this talented artist’s work, be sure to visit Florençon’s website at Bureau 36.