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Traces: Landscapes in Transition on the Yellow River Basin

Traces: Landscapes in Transition on the Yellow River Basin

Wednesday, June 15, 2016, 7-8:30pm
Best Buy Theater, 4th Floor, Northrop

Free and open to the public


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Photographer Ian Teh presents a series of panoramic photographs of the ever-changing landscapes along the length of China’s Yellow River. Historically a symbol of enduring glory, a force of nature both feared and revered, the river lays claim to the birth of Chinese civilization. Set against the river’s cultural and historical significance, and its recent environmental decline, the images aim to explore the delicate balance between development and the environment, and the threads of influence from economic to political that form its present outward manifestations.

Documentary photographer Ian Teh has published three monographs: Undercurrents, Traces and Confluence. His work is part of the permanent collection at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the Hood Museum of Art. Traces: Landscapes in Transition on the Yellow River Basin was supported by the 2011 Magnum Emergency Fund, the 2014 Abigail Cohen Fellowship in Documentary Photography and the 2016 Photo Reporter Endowment Fund. Teh’s work has been published internationally in magazines such as Time, The New Yorker, GEO and Granta.

Part of Grasping Water: Rivers and Human Systems in China, Africa, and North America.

ian teh yellow riverCredit: Ian Teh

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