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Take the city seriously and those seeking dreams here as well -comment on Shenzhen images of Yu Haibo By Wang Luxiang First, I would like to express my gratitude to Yu Haibo who gave me this opportunity to put my impressions of Shenzhen into words, and had my memories of Shenzhen awakened after review of his Shenzhen images. Yu Haibo came to Shenzhen in 1989, one year later than my arrival. He never left Shenzhen ever since, where he settles his life. To me, Shenzhen is just like a stop , and I would never stay there long unless my job requires it. Therefore, our understanding of Shenzhen is basically different, though we share some common features, like we are all observers. He observes the world from behind camera lens, while I tell photographers my observations of the world. Nowhere in China can there be found a second city like Shenzhen, which has consumed image industry workers so many films and tapes in the past some 30 years. Over 20 years ago, when bulldozers first started pushing open on the ground, who, except few great statemen and people with sharp historical acumen, would realize that a great city was emerging here? I made my first trip to Shenzhen in 1988. Interesting enough, I arrived at Shatoujiao after crossing Wutong Mountain, entering Shenzhen from the east end, unlike most of inlanders from the south end. It was mid-autumn festival that day, the small town on that side of Wutong Mountain was crowded with all migrant girl workers, who dressed themselves with cheap gaudy costumes, and were seen in exhilaration on their child-like faces. People queued up in long lines in front of post offices, waiting to remit money to their hometowns where their families were in desperate need of money. However, on the top of Wutong Mountain, there existed another extreme of life; on the several quarries I covered, there were all male workers, no a single woman. They, in shabby clothes, were enwrapped in white stone powders, except two black eyes. On the mountain top, I saw the blue Dapeng cove, the first time in my life I have ever seen the blue sea. When I was immersed in my thoughts over the blue sea, a general look of a city caught my vision. It was a construction site rather than a city. Between the blue sea and green trees on mountains was exposed red earth heaped up by so many bulldozers, that constitute a shocking sight under sunshine. A great many buildings were erected, but more tower cranes stood around. Four years later, I was in Shenzhen again to shoot theme TV series. High-rises rose on many construction sites, a great number of farm lands were turned into factories. More Hong Kong people were here to hunt for gold, more inlanders gathered here to seek their dreams. For the entire 6 months, I covered the whole city of Shenzhen: the streets old and new, local Ke minority residence, office building, sea breeding base, electronic components assembly line, factory surrounded by barbed wire, luxury house, quarry, night club and etc. I interviewed a host of Shenzhen people, among whom are Liang Xiang, Zhou Ding, Yuan Geng, the earliest explorers in the special economic zone, Li Jing, Zheng Liangyu, Li Youwei, who braved all difficulties when making the second attempt in venturing into businesses in special economic zone. Some figures enjoying great popularity then ended up in scandal, some hyped-up adventurers vanished from the world with no traces to be found. I witnessed job fair thronged with laborers, malfeasance in land auctioning, chaotic scene in stock bidding. I, for the first time, saw so many stunningly beautiful girls in hotel lobby, a village wholly emptied. It was the first time for me to see that the people here , no matter they knew each other or not, would touché the topic of money or business deal in their conversations.
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Yu Haibo, born on Feb. 8, 1962 at Yongcheng county of Henan province. He graduated from Wuhan University as a photography major and now acts as the chief press photographer of Shenzhen Economic Daily. He is also the director of Shenzhen Professional Photography Association. 1985 He created distant dream , which captured the International Peace Cup of the national photography contest and top ten award of the year. 1988 He created the surreal photo album on the other riverside of the illusion chain . This series took the top prize of 15th National Photography Exhibition, which was crowned the pioneering work of China s surreal image . 1988 Nominated for Golden Image Award of China Photography Art 1989 The on the other riverside of the illusion chain series went on tour exhibition in six nations including France, Germany and Italy in 1986. 1995 He held photography exhibition in Germany China Village Scenery . 1999 Being crowned Golden Eye of China Press Photographer 2001 Being selected National Top Ten Young Press Photographer 2003 Breath in the night Pingyao International Photography Exhibition 2005 He created Music Impulse of Shenzhen Youngsters , which took the golden prize of culture and arts category of 1st China International Contest of Press Photography. He also took the silver prize of economy category for Way to the Future . 2006 The Breath in the night became collecties of Shenzhen Art Museum. 2006 He captured the second prize of art and entertainment category of 49th World Press Photography Contest for his work China Dafen Oil Painting Village . 2006 He took the golden prize of culture and arts category in the 2nd China International Press Photography Contest. 2007 China Dafen Oil Painting Village exhibited in Germany Sept. 2007 Post-2007 AD series (10 pictures) in Pingyao International Photography Exhibition
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Book Description China Photographic Publishing House, 2007. Hardcover. Condition: New. 1. Seller Inventory # DADAX7802361737
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