The reality of photographer Lu Guang (A)

From Secret China 11/11/2009

“Photography is a small voice, at best, but sometimes one photograph, or a group of them, can lure our sense of awareness. ” - W. Eugene Smith

The 2009 Recipient of the W. Eugene Smith memorial fund, Grant in Humanistic Photography, Lu Guang, has focused on the reality of social life in China, and reveals what has not been seen in the communist controlled media in China.

Lu Guang, a freelance photographer was born in 1961 in Zhejiang Province, China. Mr. Lu has been a factory worker, a company employee, and an entrepreneur of an advertising company.

He has been documenting the ecological disasters in China resulting from the rapid growth of the economy since 2005. His photographic projects include essays on gold diggers, small coal mines, the SARS epidemic, drug addiction, AIDS villages in Henan Province, the Qinghai-Tibet railway, and industrial pollution.

Pollution in Inner Mongolia

Insert in the photo: On the border of Ninxia andInner Mongolia, I saw huge chimneys, one by one, puffing yellow & golden smoke into the blue sky; vast grassland became industrial rubish dump; strong smell of chemicals causing people to cough unbearably; floods of industrial waste poring into the yellow river.....

--Lu Guang

Dust falls daily in Ningxia area

In the Yellow Sea coastline, numerous sewage pipes buried at the beach, or even extended out to sea.

The polluted land along the shores of Yangzhi River, chemical production area in Maanshan, Anhui province. 26th June 2009.

A large amount of wastewater discharged into the Yangtze River by many small scale smelting factories, plastic factories along side of Yangzhi river. 18th June 2009.

Changshu industry fluorine chemistry sewage treatment works, is responsible for collecting and treating wastewater from chemical plants, but instead they discharge sewage to the Yangtze River by pipeline, extending 1500 metres. 11th June, 2009.