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Dhaka 2013 –Interview of Hai Zhang

The piles of photos I made for this project were taken under many different circumstances. I started photographing China because I was an architect and I received a fellowship to do a research project there. So the purpose was a very specific one and I was looking for some visual evidence of certain radical images I could use for my research. That led me to want to grasp what China is today, as a Chinese who left the country more than a decade ago. During the research I discovered many things while interviewing people and digging up information and realized that the story of the people in a complex society, is almost impossible to be accurately reflected in a photograph. So the message a photograph carries can sometimes be misleading. I was questioning should I still take photos if the photo is not telling the true story?

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