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
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