Asia Photographer Spotlight on documentary photographer Sheila Zhao, based in Beijing and Shanghai, China.
The overflow of China’s domestic travellers for a ‘Hawaiian beach holiday’ experience has worn out the island of Hainan (海南). With popularity and profits come pollution, over-crowding, and the effects of aggressive and unchecked profiteering.
Liu Bolin the invisible artist/photographer from China produces quite amazing photographs. Now you see him, now you don’t, Bolin spends about 10 hours shooting each photograph where he paints himself with the aid of assistants to blend into his landscape environment. Here are a few videos of Bolin and his work.
China’s scenic splendours meant little to me. So does its mythological rise to being a global power, a topic that photojournalists around the world are rushing to document. The future is not as meaningful to me as the past.
Produced by Panos Pictures, with photographs by Ian Teh, this is a journey into some of China’s most industrialised cities, a journey to the other side of the bright shiny facade that is the economy. It is a glimpse of another life and another world that is rarely seen. China’s economy is exploding and behind the scenes of this economic miracle is the industrial revolution powered by the cheap labour that is helping to build and sustain the economy. Coal for power, coal for steel, coal for cement. Coal and labour are the raw materials, the flip side and …
In the spring of 1998, a handful of youngsters teamed up to unofficially rebel against conformist Chinese life in Beijing. They shaved their heads, and founded bands with names like Brain Failure, 69 and Anarchy Boys.
We made an impromptu visit to the official Leica Store, Singapore which opened today at Raffles Hotel Arcade. Coinciding with the store launch is a beautiful exhibition ‘Of Legends and Beliefs’ by Yang Yan Kang, a China-based photographer and member of French agency VU. Yang Yan Kang was present so we had a little chat.
I tend to see my projects as films, the work may be inspired by a social, environmental issue, it might be something more lighthearted and self indulgent.
Li Wei, was born in Inner Mongolia, but now works as a freelance documentary photographer in Beijing. His work has been featured in numerous exhibitions in China and internationally. “The Earth” and his photographs of post-quake Wen Chuan, both captured on 6×7 photographs, are wonderful dream-like dedications from a son to his beloved motherland. In this Invisible Interview, Li Wei tells us more about himself, his photography and his inspiration.
After Paris and Europe, Cartier-Bresson’s second love was Asia. He spent a lot of time across the region after the war, capturing a journey of images across China, India, Kashmir, and Southeast Asia. He was there at the death of Gandhi, and his picture firmed the event’s decisive moment. He had a particular fondness of Indonesia, and married Ratna Mohini, a Javanese dancer.
Henri Cartier-Bresson’s ambitious 1958 photo essay on the Great Leap Forward, Mao Tse-tung’s intensive program of forced industrialization. He worked steadily for four months in China, and although he was closely monitored by the authorities, he returned with a very substantial body of work, rich in concrete detail.