Nadav Kander – Chongqing I, Chongqing Municipality
Nadav Kander’s trips to China
For his Yangtze photos Nadav 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.
Video: Nadav Kander’s opinions on the purpose of photography, the rapid change of China & his own identity
Video: Nadav Kander about ‘Yangtze’
In his own words
Nadav Kander writes in his book Yangtze,
More people live along the Yangtze’s banks than in the whole of the United States, that is one in every eighteen people on the planet. […] This extraordinary and vast river is embedded in the consciousness of the Chinese. It is much more than a waterway. It contains their history and their folklore. It runs in the blood of the people.
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, destroyed or built.
About the Yangtze River
What makes the Yangtze River special?
The Yangtze River is widely known for being one of the most interesting and visually distinct rivers in the world. It has different names based on what regions it goes through. It’s named Jinsha, Tongtian, Blue River, Yangzi Jiang, Jing Jiang, and even the Sichuan River. Another great Yangtze River fact is that the earliest evidence of human activity found near it was stated to be around 27000 years ago according to researchers.
What the river is known for
The Yangtze River basin is known for the fact that this is a grain and rice-producing region. People also produce barley and wheat here, as well as maize, beans, and cotton. An interesting Yangtze River fact is that the river first appeared on the European maps under the name Quiansui or Quian, both names being given by Marco Polo. It’s still safe to say that this river is iconic for China and it continues to help the local economy1 greatly.
How long is the Yangtze River?
The Yangtze River covers most of China and it’s more than 6000km in length. Out of those, around 2800km are navigable. One of the main Yangtze River facts is that this is the longest river in Asia and the third one in the world in regards to their water debit. The watershed of this river alone is more than 695000 square miles, so it does cover a significant amount of space, which is quite impressive. Some ocean vessels are able to travel 1000 miles on the river. If you have a smaller boat you will be able to travel even further than that when necessary.
Dams & floods
You will also be impressed by the fact that the Yangtze River is home to one of the oldest dam-free irrigation systems named Dujiangyan Irrigation Project at the western side of the Chengdu City. The first Dam created on the Yangtze River was the Gezhouba Dam, but the largest one is the Three Gorges Dam2, finished in 1998. What a lot of people dislike is the fact that the Yangtze River valley floods every summer3, however, river dikes made it accessible for people to live in the valley.
Nadav Kander – Chongqing II, Chongqing Municipality, 2006
Nadav Kander – Chongqing III, Chongqing Municipality
Nadav Kander – Chongqing IV (Sunday Picnic), Chongqing Municipality, 2006
Nadav Kander – Chongqing VI (Sunday Afternoon), Chongqing Municipality, 2006
Nadav Kander – Chongqing VII (Washing Bike), Chongqing Municipality, 2007
Nadav Kander – Chongqing XI, Chongqing Municipality, 2007
Nadav Kander – Fengjie III (Monument to Progress and Prosperity), Chongqing Municipality, 2007
Nadav Kander – Old Fengdu II, (Looking At New Fengdu), Chongqing Municipality, 2006
Nadav Kander – Three Gorges Dam I (The State is Shattered, Mountains and Rivers Remain), Yichang, Hubei Province
Nadav Kander – Three Gorges Dam II, Yichang, Hubei Province, 2007
Nadav Kander – Three Gorges Dam III, Yichang, Hubei Province, 2007
Nadav Kander – Three Gorges Dam IV (Flood Level), Yichang, Hubei Province, 2007
Nadav Kander – Three Gorges Dam V, Yichang, Hubei Province, 2007
Nadav Kander – Three Gorges Dam VI, Yichang, Hubei Province, 2007
Nadav Kander – Wu Gorge, Hubei Province
Nadav Kander – Xiling Gorge I, Hubei Province, 2007
Nadav Kander – Xiling Gorge III, Hubei Province, 2007
Nadav Kander – Nanjing I, Jiangsu Province, 2007
Nadav Kander – Nanjing II (Metal Palm), Jiangsu Province, 2007
Nadav Kander – Nanjing III (after Las Vegas), Jiangsu Province, 2007
Nadav Kander – Qinghai Province I, 2007
Nadav Kander – Qinghai Province II, 2007
Nadav Kander – Qinghai Province III, 2007
Nadav Kander – Changxing Island I (Island of Oranges) Shanghai
Nadav Kander – Changxing Island II, Shanghai, 2006
Nadav Kander – Mouth VI, near Shanghai, 2007
Nadav Kander – Pudong I, Shanghai, 2007
Nadav Kander – Shanghai I, 2006
Nadav Kander – Bathers, Yibin, Sichuan, 2007
Nadav Kander – Yibin II (Counting Receipts), Sichuan Province
Nadav Kander – Yibin III, Sichuan Province
Nadav Kander – Yibin IV, Sichuan Province, 2007
Nadav Kander – Yibin V, Sichuan Province
Nadav Kander – Yibin VI, Sichuan Province, 2007
Nadav Kander – Yibin VII, Sichuan Province
Nadav Kander – Zhongdian I, Shangri La, Yunnan Province, 2006