In the world today dominated by digital photography, few have the notion of “negatives”, therefore when we are confronted with a negative photograph, printed as such in a book, or blown up in a large print on the wall, our eye aches from the discomfort that stems from our attempt to watch. Probably this is one deliberately subconscious intention of photographer Xu Yong, author of these images, who decided 25 years after he took them with his 35mm Konica, to have them published as such, instead of “positives” in a book simply titled “NEGATIVES”.
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