June 30th, 2011
January 20th, 2011
All photos © Matt Siber. Above: Untitled #1, 2002.
Matt Siber’s Untitled Project transforms images made in the traditional documentary style by stripping away the text of all visible signage, and digitally reconstructing it in an adjacent frame. The photographs, taken in North America, Europe and China over the past nine years, leave only visual (non-text) forms of communication such as colors, graphics, logos and architecture. The adjacent compositions of the text elements are based on how that text was found in the original photograph.
Siber explains the Floating Logos work, which grew out of The Untitled Project, eliminates the support structures of tall roadside signs, drawing the viewer’s attention to them “while leveling a humorous but pointed critique at the absurd power of the entities that put them there. None of these signs are super-imposed. They appear where they were found.”
September 10th, 2010
All photos © Stefen Chow.
In this body of work Stefen Chow investigates the definition of China’s poverty line. Chow photographed food items that could be purchased for RMB 3.28 (49 cents), which is the daily income of those earning China’s official poverty-level wage of RMB 1,196 per year. Chow says, “This is not an emotional analysis of what it means to be poor. It is an examination of the choices one would face being poor in China.”
Stefen Chow is an editorial and commercial photographer based between Beijing and Singapore who has previously summitted and photographed Mount Everest. To see more of his work click here.
May 12th, 2010
© Michael Itkoff. Sand dredging, Tangshan, China.
Featured here is Michael Itkoff’s new work from China. Earlier this week Itkoff released the first of a set of web-based portfolio projects titled Scrapbooks which combine video and still photographs and will be added to monthly. To see more of Itkoff’s work click here.
The ruins of Xuankou middle school in Yingxiu town, leveled by the massive 2008 earthquake in southwestern China. The Chinese government has officially endorsed tours of devastated areas as a form of economic subsidy.
“Sichuan 5.12 Earthquake Ruins Tour” by Ambroise Tèzenas is included in the PDN Photo Annual 2010 online gallery.