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Lu Guang, winner of the World Press Photo award, vanishes in China


Jean Loh, the correspondent of The Eye of Photography in China and a friend of Lu Guang sent us the following message:

I would like to bring to your attention, with the permission of his wife, of the disappearance of Lu Guang in Xinjiang province, since November 3 we haven’t heard from him.

He went to the area as usual for his work and spoke with local photographers. He had to do a workshop as he knows how to do it and then go back to Sichuan. A photographer with whom he had a meeting in Sichuan on November 5 did not see him arrive and unable to reach him, warned Lu Guang’s wife.

Xu Xiaoli Lu Guang’s wife waited 21 days before deciding to publish a call on Twitter.

« My husband Lu Guang, winner of Eugene Smith Humanistic Photography Grant and World Press Photo Awards was invited by friends to Xinjiang to exchange ideas. I lost contact with him on the evening of November 3, 2018. From informed sources of his hometown Yongkang in Zhejiang Province it appeared that he had been detained by State Security,

I am extremely worried, I hope he will return home soon and safely.

My contact [email protected] »

Two days ago, a final opinion of the Association of Photographers of Zhejiang said that “Lu Guang is in good health, that he agreed to cooperate with the investigation”. ‘arrest). He still has not been released.

Here I will tell you more if I have news in the hours or the days to come.

But the most urgent thing now is that the world of photo and photojournalism be informed of the news in the hope that the international repercussions can contribute to a rapid release and that he can return to his family.



Thank you

Jean Loh

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