China is a major economic miracle, developing rapidly through the post cold war era, and lifting over 200 million people out of poverty; the several successes are wonderful to list out, but rarely is the other side of the story shown.
Recently the country has struggled with pollution and contamination issuess, but photo journalist, Lu Guang took it on himself to show much more than the news headlines. Detailing the extent and effects of this alternative side to the successes of china’s rapid development.
In a bid to draw attention to the problem, Liu chronicles several parts of china in his last project, ( He dissappered while working on a new project ) an extensive work in which a dizzing array of smog covered shots of land, and air pollution show the struggles of ordinary chinese to mitigate the effect on their healths and survive.
Lu Guang is a freelance photographer since 1993, and has developed major documentary projects in China, all at his own initiative, focusing on some of the most significant social, health, and environmental issues facing his country today. His photographic work includes stories on gold diggers, local coal miners, the SARS epidemic, drug addiction along the Sino-Burmese border, Aids villages in Henan Province, the environmental impact of the Qinghai-Tibet railway, industrial pollution and the medical effects of schistosomiasis (bilharzia).