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World Water Day Photo Feature: The Chinese Dust Bowl

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Benoit Aquin's surreal color photographs capture the otherworldly beauty of a land without water.

The Chinese Dust Bowl is an arid 400,000 square mile wasteland representing the largest ever manmade conversion of productive land into desert. It has been called "one of the greatest environmental disasters of our time." Benoit Aquin's eerie, hazy photographs call awareness to "scarce water resources, desertification, and ecological refugees in China" by revealing the devastating effects of......read more

'My Things' by Chinese Photographer Hong Hao

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Controlled chaos reflects Chinese consumer culture

We think the photography says it all. But here's some background from Hao's gallery: Hong Hao is a Contemporary photographer from Beijing. He studied printmaking and created his first major series, a group of prints resembling Chinese maps, executed with a remarkable attention to detail. With My Things, Hong individually scanned hundreds of common objects and arranged them into......read more

Human Collages Encased In Layers Of Glass

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From Our Good Friend Dustin Yellin

SHFT's second art pop up in New York several years ago featured an orange tree encased in resin and placed on a pedistal we made of a found tree trunk. His pieces of nature or simulated nature encased in resin were a unique and beautiful thing to behold. As all artists evolve and expand, Dustin has now moved on to the the human form. Psychogeographies, his newest exhibition commissioned by the......read more

Ai Weiwei: Forever Bicycles

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Dissident Chinese artist showing famous bike installation in Toronto

Superstar contemporary artist Ai Weiwei unveiled the latest rendition of his incredible bicycle sculpture last weekend in Toronto. "Forever Bicycles" is the centerpiece of this year's Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, the annual all-night art event that takes over the streets of the city. This marks the first time that the Chinese dissident artist has shown the installation in public, outdoor space. With......read more

Lovely Photos on Film by Li Hui

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More gorgeous images from everyone's favorite Chinese photographer

We have professed our love for Li Hui's work before, and it's been too long since we featured it in a post. This selection from the self-taught Chinese photographer carries on with her ethereal, softly-lit work on film. Li, who only started taking pictures in 2009, is known for her experiments with light leaks and double exposure. "My first camera was a Nikon FM2 and I mostly use that camera for......read more

Tianjin Eco-City Museums by Steven Holl Architects

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NYC firm commissioned to design two new museums in coastal Chinese city

Billed as "a socially harmonious, environmentally friendly and resource-conserving city," Tianjin Eco-City is a collaborative effort by the Chinese and Singaporean governments to develop a sustainable city quarter on China's east coast. Now, Steven Holl Architects has been given the go-ahead on designs for two marquee buildings in the "Eco-City." Holl has been commissioned to design the Ecology......read more

Zhang Kechun: The Yellow River

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Chinese photographer documents life along the world's sixth largest river

For his latest series of images, Chinese photographer Zhang Kechun traveled along the Huang He, the world's sixth largest river, known to us English speakers as the Yellow River. Rising in the Tibetan Himalayas, the Huang He winds 5,000 miles through northeastern China before emptying into the Gulf of Bohai.  Armed with a large format camera, Zhang set out to capture life along the river,......read more

The Chinese Town That Recycles Your Old Christmas Lights

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Every year, 20 million pounds of discarded holiday lights make their way to Shijiao, where they're recycled into slippers and more

A single strand of burnt-out Christmas lights weighs almost nothing in the hand. But a bale of burnt-out Christmas tree lights the size of a love seat? That weighs around 2200 pounds, according to Raymond Li, the general manager of Yong Chang Processing, a scrap metal processor in the southern Chinese town of Shijiao. He would know: on a recent Saturday morning I stood between him and three such......read more

Surreal Photos by Fenk Zhang

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Young Chinese photographer shoots gauzy and ethereal images of nature

Fenk Zhang is a 20-year old photographer from Chengdu, China whose Flickr-folio is chalk full of gorgeous images that show off his experiments with light and shadow. Hazy and dreamlike, the photos harken Ryan McGinley in their gauzy portrayal of beautiful people in nature. "I've been photographing seriously 1 year ago," says Fenk in endearingly broken Engrish. "Most of my photographs were made......read more

Nadav Kander: Yangtze, The Long River

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Chinese environmental change chronicled in prize-winning photo series

In his Prix Pictet-winning photo series Yangtze, The Long River, acclaimed photographer Nadav Kander documents the blistering pace of change on China's most famous waterway, along which more people live than in the entire United States. Using the river as a metaphor for constant change, Kander shot the landscape and people along the banks of the Yangtze, from mouth to source. Shot......read more

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