3 years taking photos of China’s longest river

Nadav Kander - Chongqing I, Chongqing Municipality
Nadav KanderChongqing I, Chongqing Municipality

These two videos have Nadav Kander (1961) commenting on his famous Yangtze – The Long River series and deliver an interesting insight on his opinions on the purpose of photography, the rapid change of China, his own identity and more.

For his Yangtze photos Kander came to China several times in 2005 to 2007, visited 186 cities and traveled along the world’s third largest river, from the spring in the Himalaya to the mouth. Humans are usually just portrayed as small figures next to a gigantic setting, either of the river itself or one of the numerous construction projects. The Chinese people shown are often merely victims of the unstoppable change that is flowing through China with an enormous force, comparable to that of the Yangtze river. Old, traditional buildings and housing boats are replaced by gigantic anonymous buildings, reducing the human to the role of a spectator rather than a maker.

Nadav Kander - Chongqing III, Chongqing Municipality
Nadav KanderChongqing III, Chongqing Municipality

Nadav Kander - Chongqing VI - Chongqing Municipality, 2006
Nadav KanderChongqing VI (Sunday Afternoon), Chongqing Municipality, 2006

Nadav Kander - Chongqing XI, Chongqing Municipality, 2007
Nadav KanderChongqing XI, Chongqing Municipality, 2007

Nadav Kander – Chongqing IV (Sunday Picnic), Chongqing Municipality, 2006
Nadav KanderChongqing IV (Sunday Picnic), Chongqing Municipality, 2006

Nadav Kander - Bathers, Yibin, Sichuan, 2007
Nadav KanderBathers, Yibin, Sichuan, 2007

Nadav Kander - Nanjing II (Metal Palm), Jiangsu Province, 2007
Nadav KanderNanjing II (Metal Palm), Jiangsu Province, 2007

Nadav Kander - Nanjing III (after Las Vegas), Jiangsu Province, 2007
Nadav KanderNanjing III (after Las Vegas), Jiangsu Province, 2007

Nadav Kander - Three Gorges Dam IV (Flood Level), Yichang, Hubei Province, 2007
Nadav KanderThree Gorges Dam IV (Flood Level), Yichang, Hubei Province, 2007

Nadav Kander - Old Fengdu II, (Looking At New Fengdu), Chongqing Municipality, 2006
Nadav KanderOld Fengdu II, (Looking At New Fengdu), Chongqing Municipality, 2006

Nadav Kander - Chongqing II, Chongqing Municipality, 2006
Nadav KanderChongqing II, Chongqing Municipality, 2006

Nadav Kander - Fengjie III (Monument to Progress and Prosperity), Chongqing Municipality, 2007
Nadav KanderFengjie III (Monument to Progress and Prosperity), Chongqing Municipality, 2007

Nadav Kander - Changxing Island II, Shanghai, 2006
Nadav KanderChangxing Island II, Shanghai, 2006

Nadav Kander - Nanjing I, Jiangsu Province, 2007
Nadav KanderNanjing I, Jiangsu Province, 2007

Nadav Kander - Three Gorges Dam VI, Yichang, Hubei Province, 2007
Nadav KanderThree Gorges Dam VI, Yichang, Hubei Province, 2007

Nadav Kander - Yibin VI, Sichuan Province, 2007
Nadav KanderYibin VI, Sichuan Province, 2007

Nadav Kander - Yibin IV, Sichuan Province, 2007
Nadav KanderYibin IV, Sichuan Province, 2007

Nadav Kander - Xiling Gorge I, Hubei Province, 2007
Nadav KanderXiling Gorge I, Hubei Province, 2007

Nadav Kander - Three Gorges Dam II, Yichang, Hubei Province, 2007
Nadav KanderThree Gorges Dam II, Yichang, Hubei Province, 2007

Nadav Kander - Mouth VI, near Shanghai, 2007
Nadav KanderMouth VI, near Shanghai, 2007

Nadav Kander - Chongqing VII (Washing Bike), Chongqing Municipality, 2007
Nadav KanderChongqing VII (Washing Bike), Chongqing Municipality, 2007

Nadav Kander - Wu Gorge, Hubei Province
Nadav KanderWu Gorge, Hubei Province

Nadav Kander - Yibin II (Counting Receipts), Sichuan Province
Nadav KanderYibin II (Counting Receipts), Sichuan Province

Nadav Kander - Yibin III, Sichuan Province
Nadav KanderYibin III, Sichuan Province

Nadav Kander - Yibin V, Sichuan Province
Nadav KanderYibin V, Sichuan Province

Nadav Kander - Yibin VII, Sichuan Province
Nadav KanderYibin VII, Sichuan Province

Nadav Kander - Qinghai Province II
Nadav KanderQinghai Province II

Nadav Kander - Qinghai Province III
Nadav KanderQinghai Province III

Nadav Kander - Three Gorges Dam I (The State is Shattered, Mountains and Rivers Remain), Yichang, Hubei Province
Nadav KanderThree Gorges Dam I (The State is Shattered, Mountains and Rivers Remain), Yichang, Hubei Province

Nadav Kander - Yibin VII, Sichuan Province
Nadav KanderYibin VII, Sichuan Province

Nadav Kander - Changxing Island I (Island of Oranges) Shanghai
Nadav KanderChangxing Island I (Island of Oranges) Shanghai

Nadav Kander - Pudong I, Shanghai, 2007
Nadav KanderPudong I, Shanghai, 2007

Nadav Kander - Shanghai I, 2006
Nadav KanderShanghai I, 2006

Nadav Kander - Three Georges Dam V, Yichang, Hubei Province, 2007
Nadav KanderThree Georges Dam V, Yichang, Hubei Province, 2007

Nadav Kander - Three Gorges Dam III, Yichang, Hubei Province, 2007
Nadav KanderThree Gorges Dam III, Yichang, Hubei Province, 2007

Nadav Kander - Xiling Gorge III, Hubei Province, 2007
Nadav KanderXiling Gorge III, Hubei Province, 2007

Nadav Kander - Zhongdian I, Shangri La, Yunnan Province, 2006
Nadav KanderZhongdian I, Shangri La, Yunnan Province, 2006

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