china, documentary, documentary photography, forest, hatje cantz, nature, nature photography, photo book, photo documentary, street photography, urban photography, urbanism, urbanization, yan wang preston
whether the employment of trees and greens as a tool of urban development is respectful to both mankind’s needs and nature itself or rather proof of a cynical reorganization of the world according to industrial demands and necessities is no doubt a complex question. forest (published at hatje cantz), showcasing two of yan wang preston‘s recent photographic projects as well as several impressions of interplay of green and concrete-grey across china’s urban landscape, does not set out to provide easy answers, either. her pictures, detailing a number of recreational, restructuring processes (“ecology recovery”) as well as the transposition of an oak tree hundreds of years of age (“frank”), are documentary rather than commentary. which leaves everyone to find out for themselves whether, leafing through these pages, they will feel placated by seeing nature’s presence maintained in the urban moloch – or hear a thousand silent cries…
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