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Nadav Kander: Yangtze, The Long River

  • Posted by SHFT on September 22, 2011 in Photography
  • In his Prix Pictet-winning photo series Yangtze, The Long River, acclaimed photographer Nadav Kander documents the blistering pace of change on China's most famous waterway, along which more people live than in the entire United States. Using the river as a metaphor for constant change, Kander shot the landscape and people along the banks of the Yangtze, from mouth to source.

    Shot from an outsider's perspective, the photos show people dwarfed by their surroundings, offering a symbolic comment on the fact that the common individual has little say on China’s development.

    "China is a nation that appears to be severing its roots by destroying its past," writes Kander in the notes of the book of the photos. "Demolition and construction were everywhere on such a scale that I was unsure if what I was seeing was being built or destroyed, destroyed or built."


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