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Nadav Kander and the Mighty Yangtze

Photos of the Chinese river and the unstoppable industrial and economic revolution taking place on its shores.

One in every 18 people on earth live on the shores of the Yangtze, the 4,000-mile river that roughly cuts China in half from east to west. Over a three-year period, photographer Nadav Kander made five trips to the Yangtze, travelling against the current, documenting the river and the people who live near it. Humans in his photos are dwarfed by the surrounding landscape, a conscious decision on Nadav's part to compensate for his outsider status. He uses the river is a metaphor for the unstoppable industrial and economic revolution happening in China. According to Nadav, "China is a nation that appears to be severing its roots by destroying its past. Demolition and construction were everywhere on such a scale that I was unsure if what I was seeing was being built or destroyed." 

The photos are stunning, meditative and calming, and the picture of the bathers on the rock is my current desktop background image – the highest praise I can give.

The series, entitled "Yangtze, the Long River," is currently on display at Flowers Gallery in New York. Seriously, don't miss seeing these images in person.

Chongqing I, Chongqing Municipality
All photos courtesy of the artist and Flowers Gallery

Changxing Island I (Island of Oranges), Shanghai
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Chongqing II, Chongqing Municipality
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Chongqing IV (Sunday Picnic), Chongqing Municipality
All photos courtesy of the artist and Flowers Gallery

Chongqing VI (Sunday Afternoon), Chongqing Municipality
All photos courtesy of the artist and Flowers Gallery

Chongqing VII (Washing Bike), Chongqing Municipality
All photos courtesy of the artist and Flowers Gallery

Chongqing XI, Chongqing Municipality
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Nanjing III (After Las Vegas), Jiangsu Province
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Yibin I (Bathers), Sichuan Province
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Yibin IV (Morning Meeting), Sichuan Province
All photos courtesy of the artist and Flowers Gallery