Lu Guang China

Lu Guang (1961, Yongkang) is a photographer whoinvestigates the impact of rapid industrialisation on human lives in China today. Through his photojournalistic case studies of subjects such as open-pit coal mining, the SARS epidemic, communities living with pollution, chemical waste and contaminated water, he reveals the suffering of the earth and the people, particularly workers and the poor. With its potent use of composition and colour, Lu’s work is both expressive and intensely engaging, drawing us in so powerfully that it creates personal involvement and response.

Report from the 2013 Prince Claus Awards Committee here.