Daniel Traub’s ‘Little Road North’小北路 #SinoAfrica

Xiaobeilu’ is a photographic and film project that explores ‘the social life and economies of a pedestrian bridge in Guangzhou that functions as a symbolic gateway into China from Africa and the Global South’.

Daniel Traub
Xiaobeilu’ is a photographic and film project that explores ‘the social life and economies of a pedestrian bridge in Guangzhou that functions as a symbolic gateway into China from Africa and the Global South’. Daniel Traub, a photographer and ‘curator’ of this project, is a half-Chinese American who lived in China for several years. In 2009, Traub met two souvenir photographers that were working on a bridge in the area of Xiaobei, in downtown Guangzhou – the area that has come to be know as the ‘Chocolate City’ or, more recently, ‘Little Africa’. The two photographers -internal (transprovincial) migrants themselves- were offering A4-size prints to foreigners passing by, and had the most success with Africans who would buy the photographs as souvenirs of their time in China.

Isabella Bird, A Photographic Journal of Travels through China 1894–1896

imagegen.ashxDeborah Ireland’s Isabella Bird: A Photographic Journal of Travels through China 1894–1896, chronicles Isabella’s photography and writing in her final expedition to China, using the photographs she took and developed en route. This lavish pictorial record, published by Ammonite Press in collaboration with the Society, features 200 unique photographs taken by Isabella. The photographs and original observations, commented on by travel expert Deborah Ireland, transport the reader to 19th century China and the insightful social observations of a passionate and inspiring woman.

http://www.ammonitepress.com/social-history/social-history/isabella-bird/

The Guardian, Wednesday 22 April 2015

Atelier bicyclette en bambou de Pékin

A Pékin, Bamboo Bicycles Beijing, un atelier de fabrication de vélo en bambou fondé en 2013, propose à ses clients de fabriquer leur propre bicyclette, en seulement deux jours.

Not more than a decade ago, the streets of Beijing were clogged by traffic from millions of bicycles, and few cars could be seen on the roads. Today, the opposite is true and China’s capital city has practically become a graveyard for rusty bicycles.

The bicycles still in use must now compete for space alongside the thousands of electric bikes and cars that also use the city’s famous cycle lanes that line both sides of most roads.

Founded in 2013, Bamboo Bicycles Beijing is a workshop that attempts to renew interest in the traditional Beijing bicycle by putting a new, more sustainable spin on its frame.

“David Wang, founder of Bamboo Bicycles Beijing, said that he was inspired to found the workshop after finding piles of old, rusted bicycles in Beijing no longer in use”
The workshop, which is located in a traditional Beijing alleyway known as a Hutong, offers participants the chance to build their own bamboo-framed bicycles out of raw bamboo.

The end-product is not only more environmentally sustainable, but also considerably lighter, more agile and more shock-absorbent than most other bicycles.

Steve Ngo, a cooordinator for Bamboo Bicycles Beijing and workshop instructor, said that the workshop started small but has gradually attracted interest over time.

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Fuite après une explosion chimique

Photo surréaliste qui montre des villageois du Fujian évacuant une divinité locale après une explosion chimique.

 

Photo surréaliste qui montre des villageois du Fujian évacuant une divité locale après une explosion chimique, pendant qu’un couple fuit en moto avec quelques baggages. Continuer la lecture de « Fuite après une explosion chimique »

Beijing – The Masked City

From the old to the young, all ages can now be found sporting masks of various shapes, sizes and colours.

A young couple, Kelly Lu and Yanding Li, hold hands during a walk through Beijing’s Olympic Park. « I’m pretty sad about this. It’s worse and worse », explains Li. « I think the pollution is bad for our health.

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Flower Show

Saluons l’arrivée du printemps avec les images de Paul Yeung, exposées à Hong Kong en 2012.

 

Paul Yeung graduated from the Goldsmiths College, University of London in 2011. In 2011, he participated in “Count to 12”, a part of “The Road to 2012” project commissioned by and exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery in London. He had his first solo exhibition “Flower Show” at Blindspot Gallery in March 2012. Yeung now lives and works in Hong Kong.

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Gold and silver notes for the Year of the Goat

A staff member shows gold notes marking the Year of the Goat in Chinese Lunar Calendar at a bank in Taiyuan, North China’s Shanxi province, Jan 5, 2015. [Photo: China News Service/Zhang Yun]

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