Photographer Nadav Kander's series Yangtze - The Long River, which documents China in an age of revolution, was awarded the famed Prix Pictet award in 2009. In these pictures, the river becomes a metaphor of constant transformation. The tiny figure of a mother with a baby in her arms leans against a huge bridge piling, and one cannot help but wonder what the country will look like when this child is an adult. There are still traces of the old China, for whose spirituality the river was important, but the idyllic old buildings and houseboats have been replaced by colossal new apartment complexes that emulate Western architecture. As Kander himself says: 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. A people scarring their country, and a country scarring its people.
Size: 27.4 x 34.7 cm