The Long River

The coming power of a changing China is beautifully exposed in Nadav Kander’s book ‘Yangtze, The Long River’

Half-built flyovers, tower blocks and bridges litter the rivers banks, as Kander takes us on a 4,100-mile journey of the waterway that is at the very heart of China.

These enormous industrial structures are often contrasted with the fragile human life going on beneath them. The tiny junks and miniscule people that dwell in these landscapes look like a light breeze will sweep them away at any moment.

Even though the theme is obviously oriental, the imagery reminds me more of European landscape and seascape painters of the past. For example, the early morning scenes of half completed bridges and factories rising out of the mist are very Turner-like in feel.

Together with Burtynsky’s book ‘China’, Kander’s work represents a great introduction to life in the coming global super power.

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