A Journey In Reverse Direction | Zhu Lanqing | Handmade Photography Book

 

As to Zhu Langqing’s work it was for me personally not only a well-balanced reflection on her hometown on how to use several expression forms of photography. While being a reflection on the past and the present it avoided self-centered sentimentalism and came across as a general statement of what photography can mean to all of us when we use it as a reflection on change in our visual environment. That this was a Chinese environment is at the same time essential because of her being Chinese and accidental as such relationships to home environments are general experiences.

—— Canida Hofer (Photographer, The Judge of 2014 Three Shadows Photography Award)

Just like most Chinese students, as soon as she finished high school, Zhu Lanqing left her hometown and started a new life journey somewhere away. During her days of studying and living in Beijing, hometown had become pieces of photos in her heart. Her thinking about hometown had made her know about Dongshan Island much better. Years later, she started to use camera to record the hometown she’s been thinking about day and night.

Book of Hometown is a hand-made book Zhu made in the past two years. Most photos in this books were shot in Ju’s hometown Dongshan Island, which is an unspoiled natural island located in the South West of Xiamen Island in Fujian Province.  Having a pile of random photos, Zhu still is not sure if her hometown has a definite connection with her. At last, she finished the editing and producing of the book in Taipei and started this hometown book in the order of ‘Eight Feet Gate’, ‘home’, ‘food, land and god’ and ‘sea’.

‘Unstoppable urban development let people get amnesia, because they often forget what used to exist here before. I can only catch up with its pace, with the camera to ‘fight’ the changes in my hometown.

As the beginning of the book, I was dressed in clothes from grandparents, which was found in their room. The effect seems to be a mutual process between my hometown and myself. What I have seen is what it wishes I could see. Shooting hometown seems like a journey in the reverse direction, leading to the dark memories and our original heart.’

Having graduated from Photojournalism course in the People’s University of China, Zhu is now doing Visual transformation in Institute of Practical Fine Art of Taiwan Fu Jen Catholic University. Book of ? X ? was once nominated for Best Photographic Book awarded by French magazine Photo-Eyes in 2012 and once again, Ju has been selected as the winner of 2014 Three Shadows Photography Award.

 

A Journey In Reverse Direction | Photography by Zhu Lanqing

 

A Journey In Reverse Direction | Photography by Zhu Lanqing


A Journey In Reverse Direction | Photography by Zhu Lanqing
A Journey In Reverse Direction | Photography by Zhu Lanqing

To see more of Zhu’s work, please check:

 

 http://julanching.com/

 

 

Going Home | Muge | Jia Za Zhi Press

Going Home by Jiazazhi Press
  • Title: Going Home
  • Photographer: Muge
  • Date of publication: December 2013
  • Dimensions: 57 B&W plates
  •                      255mm x 276mm x 19mm
  •                      Clothbound hardcover with dust jacket
  • Designer: Lina Liu, Yanyou Di Yuan
  • Editors: Yanyou Di Yuan, Zhu Mo, Muge
  • Publisher: Jia Za Zhi Press
  • Edition: 600
  • ISBN: 978-988-12631-2-4
  • Price: USD 55 / RMB 260
  • Website: www.jiazazhi.com/books/going-home/
  • Donated by: Jia Za Zhi Press

Two years ago while I was planning to contribute an article for Art Bank, which introduce Chinese photographers who took their hometown as the theme. Through a friend’s recommendation, I started to get to know about Muge’s set of work called ‘Going Home’. The photographic language his work gives out deeply touched me. In 2014, Going home was published by JiaZazhi Press and came back into the sight of the audience. Going Home is Muge’s photographic work from his route home, also around the cities and villages near Three Gorges Dam. In this piece of work, everyone, including a single woman, a single man, couples even an object, has a quiet but enormous power.

Muge was born and raised in Chongqing, China and now he lives and works in Chengdu. He graduated from Sichuan Normal University with a degree in Broadcasting and Television Directing, and been working as photographer, photo editor and lecturer after graduation.

Muge’s work titled Going Home is perhaps the most autobiographical series. Muge has an unique point of view. Unlike the hundreds of western photographers who have tried to represent the region, Muge drifts through the city and countryside mapping people and place, he can relate directly to the dislocated people of the Three Gorges region along the banks of the Yangtze River, because it is where he has spent all his life. Chinese people respond differently to a westerner with a camera but Muge can pass unnoticed or at least his presence does not cause a local reaction. He is able to look people in the eye on literally level terms, in so many ways he is part of the people he represents.

– Louise Clements, Art Director of FORMAT Photography Festival

 

 

Going Home | Photography by Muge
Going Home | Photography by Muge

Jiazazhi press (JZZP), is a small publisher based in Beijing, devoting to publishing / distributing books of small edition for Chinese photographers and artists.

Muge: http://mugephoto.com/

Jiazazhi: http://www.jiazazhi.com/

Small Economies | Yuan Jianyong | Hurtwood Press

  • Title: Small Economies
  • Photographer: Yuan Jianyong
  • Date of publication: April, 2014
  • Place of publication: Surrey, England
  • Dimensions: 235mm x 210mm
  • Publisher: Hurtwood Press
  • Website: http://jianyong.co.uk

Final year photography student at University of Portsmouth, Jianyong (b.1989) produced Small Economies, his latest artistic book on the theme of British small-personalised stores. The project examines the relationships between small economies and the current British society, seeking to explore how those small economies survived in the new, globalised world.

Specialized in environmental portraits, Jianyong photographed fourteen shopkeepers and their shops.  As Adam Smith posits in the “Wealth of Nations” that the British were ‘… a nation of shopkeepers’. Nevertheless, “traditional small economies are facing unprecedented pressure in contemporary society, with many town centres losing any individuality as multinational chains drive out local competition. Many would argue that this is a result of globalisation, as large, multinational corporations are able to undercut small business in regards to price, and many small shops run by families disappear when they are unable to compete.” as Yuan noticed.

Acquired his first camera and begins to enter the world of photography in 2009, his main interests in portrait photography, first, on the location or studio. On the other, exploring humanity behavior in the public environment and reveals people as they truly are. Yuan’s eyes search times and places with a poetic image, enigmatic, sometimes calm and more objective close, leaving open the viewer to create his own vision of the image.

To know more of Yuan’s work, please check:

http://jianyong.co.uk/


 

 

Free Park | Same Studio | Self-Publishing

Photographer: Yuan Xiaopeng
  •         Title: Free Park
  •         Photographer: Yuan Xiaopeng
  •         Date of publication: winter, 2013
  •         Place of publication: Shanghai, China
  •         Dimensions: Newspaper “Free Park”: 52 pages, 297x420mm                                                           Instructions “Free Exhibition”: 16 pages, 140x210mm
  •         Publisher: Same Studio
  •         Website: http://www.samepaper.com
  •         Distributed by: Rosa Books, Jiluchang, and Banana Fish

As Claire Roberts mentioned in her latest book Photography and China: “many practitioners of ‘personal photography’ work for magazines and newspapers by day and create their own highly personal images at night, participating across the spectrum of a new, image-rich culture.” One of these photographers is Shanghai-based photographer Yuan Xiaopeng.

Yuan Xiaopeng (b. 1987) is a young photographer and illustrator who currently work for a weekly newspaper in Shanghai.  He is a member of Same Studio along with Beijing-based Wang Yijun. Same Studio is an artist collective that collects and share interesting books across the world.

Free Park is Yuan’s first solo-published piece, which is presented alongside a quirky exhibition that lasted only 2 hours. The body of work showcases the photography and illustrations of Yuan Xiaopeng during his stay in Shanghai from 2010 to 2013. Shot in Shanghai, Free Park is a pleasurable jaunt into the essence of the time and place, from in and around his rented flat to the local market. Wang Yijun, another member of Same Studio contributed to the typography and design. Each photograph in the newspaper is presented like a fragment of a larger picture, creating a fragmented yet still coherent perception of the photographer’s life in the metropolitan city. Free Park also includes a fun pamphlet, entitled “Free Exhibition,” about a fake installation exhibition.

Photographer’s statement:

The pictures were taken from 2010 to 2013, when I was moved to Shanghai to avoid the pressure from my family in Nanchang. I work here and spend most of my time wandering around the city and having sex with strangers in my rented house. Usually, I photograph the people I meet most frequently, in order to satisfy the image in my imagination. There is staged scene as well documenting the moment.

Free Park | Same Paper

Same Studio

Website:  http://www.samepaper.com

Email: TheSameStudio@gmail.com