Recent Acquisitions: Lu Guang’s “Pollution in China”

Lu Guang, Workers in the factories have no immunity defenses. They get ill after one or two years on the job, Wuhai City, Inner Mongolia, April 10, 2005

Lu Guang, The sewage plant of the Fluorine Industrial Park discharges its untreated waste into the riverbed of the Yangtze River through a 1500 meter-long pipeline, Changshu City, Jiangsu Province, June 11, 2009

Lu Guang, Village of Xuanwei, Yunnan Province, is a cancer village. More than 20 villagers died of cancer every year. Xu Li, an 11-year-old student, was diagnosed cancer of bone, May 8, 2007

Lu Guang, Fume and dust are everywhere in the Hubin Industrial District, near Shizuishan City, Ningxia, April 22, 2006

Lu Guang, A family of five children emigrated to Inner Mongolia from Xiji County in nearby Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region to find work in the Heilonggui Industrial District. The eldest child is 9, the youngest is less than two, April 10, 2005

In 2009, Chinese photographer Lu Guang was awarded the W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography for his project “Pollution in China.” Before attending the Fine Arts Academy of Tsinghua University in Beijing, Lu Guang, was a factory. A freelance photographer since 1993, his work focuses on China’s rapid industrialization and its effects on public health, society, and the environment.

You can read an interview with the photographer about his work here.

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Assistant Curator, Collections at the International Center of Photography, New York
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