Saturday, October 24, 2009

Extraordinary Pictures Documenting the Effects of Pollution in China

In 1890, pioneering photojournalist Jacob Riis published How the Other Half Lives: Studies Among the Tenements of New York. The book engendered widespread disgust and embarrassment about the conditions in which New York's tenement-dwellers lived, helping create political momentum to clean up the slums and improve the living standards of America's poorest residents.

A Chinese photographer, Lu Guang, just won a major prize for his documentary project Pollution in China. Will this become China's How the Other Half Lives?

A warning before you click through: many of these pictures are highly disturbing.

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