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Issue No. 16 - Chaos

Q. Sakamaki: China's Outer Lands at The Half King

Image Above: Uighurs, including this small girl, wait by their donkey carts for customers at the ancient ruins of Melikawat, an archaeological site in the southern suburb of Hotan, Xinjiang in northwestern China. © Q. Sakamaki/Redux Pictures. Courtesy The Half King Photography Series.

 

On March 31, Q. Sakamaki’s exhibit "China’s Outer Lands" opened at The Half King as Photo Series No. 31. The opening featured a slideshow and discussion with Q. about his project, led by Jamie Wellford, picture editor and independent curator.

Q-2© Paula Rey Jimenez, Q. Sakamaki during the slideshow at The Half King.

 

 

q.sakamaki_china08An unemployed man stays in a memorial park in Tiexi District, Shen Yang, Liaoning province, China. Many of the government-owned iron factories operating in China’s northeastern province have closed, creating high unemployment. © Q. Sakamaki/Redux Pictures. Courtesy The Half King Photography Series.

 

 Raised in Japan, Q. Sakamaki moved to New York in 1986. His interest in documentary photography was sparked by the 1988 Tompkins Square Park riot in New York. His photographs have appeared in books and magazines worldwide and have been the subject of solo shows in New York and Tokyo. His work on Liberian child soldiers is in a worldwide prevention media campaign. Among the many honors he has received are four POYi prizes and two Overseas Press Club awards. He has published five books, including “WAR DNA,” covering seven deadly conflicts, and “Tompkins Square Park” (PowerHouse Books, 2008). He is represented by Redux Pictures.

q.sakamaki_china28A female security reads at the former Imperial Palace of Manchukuo of the Manchu State, the residence of China's last emperor, Puyi, in the Japanese puppet state of Manchukuo from 1932 to 1945. After the fall of Manchukuo, the palace was damaged when Soviet troops looted the city of Changchun. The structures were later preserved and opened as the Museum of Imperial Palace of Illegitimate ‘Manchu State.’ Changchun, Jilin province, China. © Q. Sakamaki/Redux Pictures. Courtesy The Half King Photography Series.

 

Uighurs on a motor bike pass through poplar trees that serve as a windbreak in the southern suburb of Hotan, Xinjiang in northwestern China. © Q. Sakamaki/Redux Pictures. Courtesy The Half King Photography Series.
 
Uighur children play badminton near the construction site of high-rise modern buildings where a large Uighur community once existed. Due to the Chinese modernization projects, much of the cultural, ethnic identity of Uighurs has been dying. © Q. Sakamaki/Redux Pictures. Courtesy The Half King Photography Series.

 

Check out more images at www.halfkingphoto.com.

 

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