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Jimei x Arles International Photo Festival : Leica Oskar Barnack Award : Le Ziyi : Light and Shadows


Light and Shadows from “The 2023 Leica Oskar Barnack Award Exhibition” section by Le Ziyi (b. 1993. Fujian, China).

For the first time, the Jimei x Arles International Photo Festival works together with the Leica Oskar Barnack Award (LOBA), the Chinese photographer Le Ziyi, the winner of the LOBA Newcomer Award 2023 captured the faces of young people in a foreign land through his series titled New Comer. His imagery reflects their self-doubt, detachment, emptiness, and their quest for personal development and social standing.

In the age of swift population mobility, people are increasingly leaving their hometowns. I use the term New Comer to refer to this group of people, including myself.”- Le Ziyi.

Photography acts as an intermediary between me and my protagonists. Shooting interactions may have the same resonance for me as for them. It’s through these images that I aim to convey this state to viewers, especially the personal, private, and emotional aspects that often go unnoticed.” – Le Ziyi.


Jimei x Arles International Photo Festival
December 15, 2023, to January 21, 2024
Xiamen, China

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