Yangtze: The Long River by Nadav Kander

Nadav Kander is a London-based photographer and was raised in different parts of the world. He gained international recognition in the late 90s for his compelling photographs and storytelling ability.

One of Nadav's latest work is the award-winning photography series Yangtze: The Long River.

© Yangtze: The Long River, Nadav Kander

Let us know more about his personal musings and thought process through his own narrative:

"The Yangtze River, which forms the basis of this body of work, is the main artery that flows 4,100 miles (6,500 km) across China, traveling from its furthest westerly point in Qinghai Province to Shanghai in the east. The river is embedded in the consciousness of the Chinese, even those who live thousands of miles from the river. It plays an essential role in both the spiritual and physical life of the people. More people live along its banks than live in the USA—one in every eighteen people on the planet. Using the river as a metaphor for constant change, I have photographed the landscape and people along its banks from mouth to source."

© Yangtze: The Long River, Nadav Kander

"After several trips to different parts of the river, it became clear that what I personally was responding to and how I felt whilst being in China was permeating my pictures; a formalness and unease, a country that feels both at the beginning of a new era and at odds with itself. China is a nation that appears to be severing its roots by destroying its past in the wake of the sheer force of its moving forward at such an astounding and unnatural pace. I felt like a complete outsider and explained this pictorially by “stepping back” and showing humans as small in their surroundings."

"A Chinese friend who I met whilst working on the project reiterated what many Chinese people feel: “Why do we have to destroy to develop?” By contrast, in Britain, many people can revisit where they were raised. This reminds them of their families, upbringing and personal history. In China, that is virtually impossible since the scale of development has left most places unrecognizable: “Nothing is the same. We can’t revisit where we came from because it no longer exists.” The landscape is changing daily. These are photographs that can never be taken again."

© Yangtze: The Long River, Nadav Kander

Check out the full series on Nadav's website and his full narrative here.

written by crissyrobles on 2018-08-11

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