Spotlight On: Photographer Lu Guang

Lu Guang (卢广) isn’t a name being tossed around the dinner table, but if you have any interest in photography, the environment, or (ideally) both, you may be interested in looking at his work. Originally from the Zhejiang province of China, Lu started out as a factory worker who dabbled in photography on the side. In the early 90s he enrolled in post-graduate studies at Tsinghua University and began his career.

Lu’s work focuses primarily on social and economic problems, ranging from poverty to HIV to the environment. His project “Pollution in China” won him the W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography in 2009. Some samples of his work and an interview can seen at the link below, though be warned that a few of the photos are of people suffering from pollution-related health effects.

Pollution in China project by Lu Guang

Interview with Lu Guang about the Pollution in China project


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One response to “Spotlight On: Photographer Lu Guang”

  1. Jeffrey Broadbent says :

    Incredible and moving photos of the toll of industrial pollution on human lives and community in China. The victims bear a striking resemblance to the victims of mercury poisoning in Japan in the 1960s. In Japan, the photos of these victims (by Eugene Smith and others) touched off a national protest movement that forced the government to pass very advanced and effective laws to reduce industrial air and water pollution.

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