Wolfgang Zurborn


China! Which China?

Pjotographs from Beijing and Shanghai 2006

Untitled, Beijing 2006


China! Which China?

In June 2006 I visited Beijing and Shanghai. The challenge of the encounter with the unfamiliar world was to transform the personal experience of the highly complex and interlaced parallel worlds of these "Megacities" into an individual picture language which should not keep the unknown in the realm of the exotic but which discovers the nearness in the strange.

I started my trip in Beijing and I was absolutely fascinated by this city, because I had the feeling, that the past and the future are present at the same time. In some parts of Beijing you can feel the long history of this city, in other parts the development and growing of this megacity is so quick that you could imagine to be in a science fiction film.

Exhibition at Haus der Photographie, Deichtorhallen Hamburg, 2008

The life in the streets of Beijing and Shanghai appears like a dense collage of signs, people and structures, a kind of semiotic overkill that is hard to decode at first, but exactly this was the very special challenge for me to describe the ambivalence and the great vividness of the urban life. I had the feeling, that the circumstances of life are changing every day, so it seems to be a very interesting place to be at this time.

Zurborn's work from China resembles his previous efforts. That is to say, he's captured what appear to be digital montages, composed from the worlds of advertising, construction, pedestrians and tourists. The images, extremely well composed and often making use of shop-window reflections, are, in fact, straight photographs, shot for the most part on film.
Excerpt from the article Western Eyes by Bill Kouwenhoven
in British Journal of Photography, 23.7.2008


Publication by Schaden.com in collaboration with Heine/Lenz/Zizka


Wolfgang Zurborn, "China! Which China?"
Photographs from Beijing and Shanghai 2006
4x4 section, 42x31.5cm leporello

A project by Heine/Lenz/Zizka and Schaden.com
Design: Heine/Lenz/Zizka, Frankfurt, Berlin
Publisher: Schaden.com, Cologne
ISBN: 3-932187-12-1
Price: 48.- Euro


Book edition China! Which China?
The edition is comprised of a box, contenting the 4x4 section, 42x31.5cm leporello and an original photograph in the same size. You can select between the two depicted images. The edition is 50 + each 3 AP.
Price: 350.- Euro
Collectors Edition with original photographs of all 16 images printed in the leporello, Edition 7 + 3 AP,
Price: 3500.- Euro

untitled, Shanghai 2006                untitled, Shanghai 2006









Slide show
overview of the photographic work



Mitten im Westen

China! Which China?




Terra Incognita

dressur real

Missing Pictures

In the Middle of the Speed

In the Labyrinth of Signs

Photo Walls Neumarkt

People Pictures - Picture People

Front Garden of Illusions



list of all exhibitions