From the Yellow River to the East River

China’s Yellow River Basin hosts some of the country’s most industrialized areas. While rapid development has improved the standard of living of many of its inhabitants, it has come at a significant environmental cost. Since 2009, Ian Teh has been documenting the river’s changing landscape in a series of panoramic photographs called Traces: Landscapes in Transition on the Yellow River Basin.

In August, New Yorkers will have an opportunity to view a selection of these images on a commuter ferry travelling New York City’s East River. Presented as part of Drawn to Water: A Floating Photographic Exhibition by United Photo Industries, the East River Ferry, and the Open Society Documentary Photography Project, this unique exhibition allows ferry riders to experience Teh’s photographs in a setting that echoes the images themselves.

To learn more about Traces, watch this video and hear Teh speak about his motivations for producing this work.

Traces: Landscapes in Transition on the Yellow River Basin is also on view at the Open Society Foundations’ New York office, as part of the Moving Walls 20 group photography exhibition. Please note that Moving Walls 20 is temporarily closed for the month of August and will re-open on September 3, 2013. 

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Economic growth must not be achieved through disturbing nature. Unfortunately, this is the fact in the developed as well as in the developing countries.

A very interesting photographic exhibition. I wish i could visit it closely.

A nice place and wish to visite the site one day.thanks.

this is very informative work...I like it. thanks open society for assisting photographers bring out this ideas in order for decision makers to act before its too late.
mbugua kibera
fellow photojournalist

I have to say, I'm a little tired by the trope of comparing photography to historical paintings- AND photographers who preface ambiguity and asking questions over broaching answers. It is time for us to find some solutions to the questions we already know exist.

Using images to bring about awareness has been a tool long used shock viewers into doing something to make a stand. This method is however flawed although it has a knee jerk reaction at first, it's not sustainable. Environmental education should start at school and this is where we have to instill these values and drum it into their heads relentlessly. Perhaps then we might see some change in a generation or two. I'm afraid there's no other way.

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