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Images present world through young photographers' eyes

2017-11-01 14:48:40  source: PHOTOINTER [Special Manuscript]  author:   editor: zhangss

This photo is selected from a set of photographic works named 1990, created by Zhang Jingran.

This photo is selected from 1990, a set of photographic works by Zhang Jingran.

1990 is a photo project started by Zhang Jingran, focusing on the post-90s generation. The photos depict members of the generation in their daily lives, along with another, private side, unknown to the public. Their living conditions and future goals were also shown during the shooting.

In Zhang's view, home is the most important place for an individual. It contains personal emotions, such as happiness, irritation and pressure, and is a place for each one to be unmasked. As the post-90s generation becomes middle-aged and the backbone of society, they are facing more pressure than before.

An exhibition showing selected photographic works from "Everyday: Images of Heart" was held at the China Millennium Monument in Beijing on Oct 17, 2017.

The "Everyday" series of photographic exhibitions for Chinese and foreign youth photographers was launched by of the China Photographers' Association, in 2015.

This photo is selected from Yang Bowei's photo set Soft Thorn.

This photo is selected from Yang Bowei's work Soft Thorn.

Fuchun River is the mother river in photographer Yang Bohui's hometown. The river brings forth a sense of longing. Yang took pictures around the Funchun River, thinking about home and hometown. He refers to his home as a "soft thorn", because it hurt him during his young, rebellious years, even though he still sees it as a shelter.

Soft Thorn is a photography project Yang started in 2013. The original reason for the photographer to start the project was his recollection of adolescent rebellion and missing of his friends after leaving his family and hometown. Yang has attempted to complete a collection of works about his childhood memory through the records of portraits and landscapes in his hometown. In this project, Yang creates emotional expression and narrative by combining a large number of street snaps, landscape photos and symbolic sceneries.

In 2017, with the theme of "Images of Heart", the organizer has received more than 800 sets of photographic works created by young photographers from around, and only 20 photographers made it into the final round.

The works on show were distinct in terms of genre, style and shooting method. Some of them are documentary, and some are more conceptual. They represented some major trends of the young photographers' creation nowadays and reflected an aspect of their spirits and thoughts in the contemporary society.

This photo is selected from a set named Surviving on the Black Soil, created by Zou Biyu.

This photo is selected from a set of photographic works named Surviving on the Black Soil, created by Zou Biyu.

"Black soil" traditionally refers to fertile soils suitable for the growth of crops. However, in the mining areas, the surroundings have turned black. Through the rise and decline of the coal mining industry during the last decades, old coal enterprises have been shut up while some remain in operation. Photographer Zou Biyu focused his lens on those people still living in deserted coal mining areas.

It is worth mentioning that most of the works from the "Everyday" series of exhibits are presented through dynamic video. Each static photo presented in the dynamic video makes viewers go beyond the scope of pure visual experiences, because adding auditory elements can enrich their perception of the works.

The activity is also a part of Photo Beijing 2017, which opened at the China Millennium Monument in Beijing on Oct 12 .

A photo from Liu Jiangling's Wind & River.

A photo from Liu Jiangling's Wind & River.

Photographer Liu Jiangling always remembered what his father said: China is so big, yet only people from the north and the Central Plains have a standard Chinese appearance.

For the past several years, Liu has traveled through the north, attempting to find the origins of Chinese culture. The mountains and rivers in North China, together with unwanted historical monuments scattered in the wildness, have enlightened the photographer. One December day, standing on the freezing cold Yellow River and seeing feathery snowflakes, Liu was touched by an inexplicable sensation flowing from the bottom of his heart.

A photo from Hou Shuai's The Second World.

Hou Shuai's Second World recalls the past, confronts the present, uses post-production to create surreal viewpoints. It also asks rhetorical questions of history, with a political narration dominated by personal experience.

A photo from Hou Shuai's The Second World.

Hou's work has much to do with his past experience. In his primary years when Hou started to learn photography, he did some experimental work on poetic surreal shooting. During that time, Hou also immersed himself in silver halide photography and tried to make photos with traditional photographic features. He endeavored to make these works acceptable in the context of photography. Recently, he has paid more attention to challenges from the personalized historical and political features of the pictures. He puts fictional elements in a special space, presenting a nostalgic black-and-white surreal world for the onlookers.

A photo is selected from Yu-chen Chiu's America Seen.

A photo from Yu-chen Chiu's America Seen.

The photo series America Seen is a metaphorical representation of the divided emotions of Americans after the 2016 presidential election. All photos were taken in the United States by Yu-chen Chiu between 2013 and 2017. These images depict anger, frustration and rejection, at the same time as people look for hope, identity and a new direction.

This photo is selected from Li Donghan's I am You & A Place with Nobody..jpgThis photo is selected from Li Donghan's I am You & A Place with Nobody.

I am You & A Place with Nobody is a series of works that could be called "shootings of scenery". The name comes from an infusion of objectivity and impersonality. In other words, these photos depict reality closely. Photographer Li Donghan said what he shot is the place where he lives and people who are the same as him. When Li is free from taking photos, he does what the people in his photos do. The shooting is an observation of these behaviors, simultaneously detached and an in-depth communication.

This combined photo is selected from Wang Rujie's work Made in China..jpgThis combined photo is selected from Wang Rujie's work Made in China.

The photographic work Made in China is a combination of portraits and materials that photographer Wang Rujie bought at 99-cent stores. All materials in the photos are made in China. Wang accumulated these goods to represent Westerners' stereotyped perception of Chinese culture.

This photo is selected from Tang Lingxiao's Isolation.

A photo from Tang Lingxiao's Isolation.

Becoming a member of a flock makes one conform to the natural rules. Regardless of whether someone is a loner, or part of the masses, we have much in common.

The Isolation series of photos was developed mostly accidentally by photographer Tang Lingxiao. Tang said she did not intend to combine heterogeneous spirits and an appeal to mass tastes, but the series is really a composition of people, objects and situations, a depiction of a vague and diverse state of mind. The pictures are between the ordinary and the extraordinary, the melding of reality and dreams.

This photo is selected from Wang Lei's work .

Wang's works explore the relations between "oneself" and other people, as well as the present moment.


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