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Shooting Photos of China's Urbanization Print E-mail
by Tom McGregor    Sun, Jan 13, 2013, 11:25 PM

Abbie Man.jpgBEIJING:  Austrian musician, Markus Sepperer, is living his dream as an illustrious member of the Vienna Sinfonietta Feuerhaus. He travels the world playing the obo and coronglais (larger obo version). Meanwhile, he has developed an artistic passion for taking a closer look the world with his camera.

He has just completed a series of photos on the re-development of the Yangtze River between the Three Gorges Dam and Chongqing Municipality. He had captured the moments when millions of residents in the region have re-settled into the mega-city of Chongqing. He is developing a book that he intends to call, ‘Downstream the Grey Scale.’

He granted an exclusive interview with SINA English News to discuss his most recent activities.

"I took photos of the Yangtze River to show the impact of the building of the Three Gorges Dam and how millions of people had moved to Chongqing," said Sepperer. "I would describe the redevelopment of Chongqing as mono culture urbanization, in which central planners make many Chinese cities look similar."

Nonetheless, Sepperer pointed out that the Chinese he met on the Yantgze River region remained "optimistic, patriotic, and proud the national economy now ranks number two in the world.. They expressed sincere faith in the government to lead them to a better future and believe the dam is essential to offer more energy resources for the country."

But Sepperer feels that he and his camera must show the positive and negative consequences of China’s rapid urban development. "My photos show the real conditions of how neighborhoods had been torn down, where lifelong residents were separated through a depersonalized lottery system that informed them what apartment in Chongqing they would soon live in," he said.

To read the entire article from SINA English News, link here: To learn more about the book, link here:

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