Jian Gao, Red Fragments
Red Fragments is a long-term project that shows Chinese culture and Chinese living conditions in several symbolic Chinese cities through a personal visual journal. For the past two years, I have been travelling to cities like Shantou, Chongqing, Kashgar, Beijing, and Shanghai to photograph life in the streets of mainly the first, second and third generation of Chinese families. My goal is to capture the values, traditions and rituals of Chinese culture in these cities to mirror the reality that China is going through a transition. I hope that my images can draw interest from people who want to know more about today’s China.
Jian is an editorial photographer, currently working as a staff at Magnum Photos in New York. He was mentored by VII Photo Agency photographer Ed Kashi, and was also offered an internship at Magnum Photos. Jian’s work has been selected by Magnum Photos AGM 66th for review on June 28th 2013 in London, UK and also shortlisted on APA/Lucie Foundation Scholarship Awards in professional category during his college period. In February, 2014, he was awarded by prestigious Overseas Press Club Foundation at Yale Club in New York City, and was also invited to attend Reuters reception at Three Times Square. He is an alumnus of EAW(Eddie Adams Workshop) XXVI. He is one of the 142 young photographers who are nominated by World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass 2014.