Wang Qingsong is both the most celebrated and the most controversial photographer in China. The photos below take him months to stage, arrange, and recruit models for, printing out to murals that span whole walls. And because of his artwork’s social-critical bite, he’s had his negatives confiscated by the police. Below are some of his breathtaking works, and the Chinese issues he’s reflecting on.
1. The living conditions of Beijing’s swelling migrant worker population.
2. The education system.
“Follow Me,” 2003.
“Follow Him,” 2010.
And a close-up of the huge photo.
7. Surviving in the cities.
8. Business competition.
“China Red,” 2009.
10. And here’s Wang’s modern interpretation of “Night Revels of Han Xizai,” a famous 10th Century scroll.
Emperor Li Yu sent a court painter to investigate the decadence of his hungover officials. You can say “Night Revels” was like publishing drunk Instagrams of our Congressmen, or something. Of course modern China’s no stranger to official scandals either.
Scroll through Wang’s massive photo mural here.