Thursday, October 15, 2009
Lu Guang, Pollution in China
Chinese photographer Lu Guang has just won a grant from the W. Eugene Smith Fund for his work documenting the effects of pollution in China. The NY Times has a slide show.
I didn't travel to the worst of China's cities, but I did experience the yellow haze of Beijing, which made it hard to get a clear photograph of the street from my 15th-floor hotel window, and I saw the Yangtze River turned into a gigantic barge port, lined with piles of sand, gravel and coal that stretched for miles.
Modernity is purchased at a high cost.