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Photographer and Community Artist, Kev Ryan, contrasts the power of centralised planning and the local state in determining future urban development against the emergent hub of arts development occuring in the Huang Jue Ping area of Chongqing.

Publicly sanctioned but seemingly contradictory forces are at work here. Do the brightly painted murals symbolise the growth of the arts and cultural industries in this area or the transitory nature of this community as it faces re-development on a massive scale?


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Kev Ryan
kaparu2 Loughborough, Leicestershire, UK

I have worked in the field of community arts in the UK for most of my working life and have been involved in and inspired by the movement since 1976. My own photographic work began in the early 1980s but for a good 20 years my main focus became that of encouraging others to develop their photographic skills and imagination through setting up community darkrooms and running photography projects. In between I managed to be an exhibiting photographic artist from time to time and have had work published in a wide range of ways. I co-run the Pixel and Grain Gallery with a colleague and have organised a number of international photography competitions.

My work includes a fair amount of performance photography from large scale outdoor events and festivals to stage work in music, theatre, live literature and dance. My passion is for street photography and one day I promise myself time for imaginative studio based work.........

I have another book on Blurb published under Charnwood Arts.

Fecha de publicación  17 de julio de 2011

Dimensiones  Apaisado grande  80 páginas Papel premium, acabado mate

Categoría  Viajes

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PheromoneAut dice


publicado 26 de jul. a las 20:44 PST


GinasBook dice

wow! congrats to a PRO! I read it 1-end. I was in Chongqing in the late 90ies, all greygrey then. Feel the ambiguity ... nothing ever stands still in Ch. so nice and colorful now ... so clean and chromo blanc in the future plans. But the public artists soon will take over and we see their new visions of another world to come. They can't stop them any more.
Thanks for your work and may I invite you to look at mine too.
Greetings from Germany

publicado 12 de may. a las 14:47 PST


slsawyer58 dice

Your book is really beautiful. My wife and I enjoyed it very much. Have been to many places in China but never saw anything like this.
Thanks for sharing.

publicado 17 de ago. a las 09:14 PST


kaparu2 dice

I should have said "The last one we did for Charnwood Arts" - sorry Nat!.........and Flying Panda!! Ooops sorry Flying Pandas!!

publicado 19 de jul. a las 08:05 PST


kaparu2 dice

I agree it is costly to buy one of the Blurb books but from the last one I did for Charnwood Arts the quality was just superb! That's why I haven't added any profit margin to it either - it's the same cost for me. Thanks for the feedback - after a rather intensive period of putting it together it's great to know that people are reading/seeing it for the things we intended! We've had some great (and insightful) e-mails about it and Facebook responses! bw Kev

publicado 19 de jul. a las 04:44 PST


jtowers123 dice

beautiful interesting. i have some harajuku books as my main focus of work is costuming and it reminded me of these in an odd daughter's doing 'halls,walls and coridoors' as a photography project at college and this would be a great book to have,but ditto last comment, a bit too out of my price range at the minute. good luck with it. a great idea to Blurb it!

publicado 19 de jul. a las 02:51 PST


localart dice

Dear Kevin,

This is a fascinating insight into the development of this area. I particularly enjoyed looking at the surrounding area of the creative district. It is not often you get to see all the information laid out in this way and it is quite inspiring to know what efforts are being made to enhance creativity in this developing country. It opens up lots of possibilities and ideas for us, in the UK... I would just love to buy the book, but I am a struggling creative myself!

publicado 18 de jul. a las 04:07 PST


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