Li Huaifeng awarded in World Press Photo Contest 2018

Le photographe chinois Li Huaifeng est un des lauréats de la 61e édition du prix du World Press Photo. Billet rédigé par Marine Cabos (SOAS, associée CECMC) pour son site Photography of China.

Li Huaifeng awarded in World Press Photo Contest 2018

Li Huaifeng’s photo of a simple scene taken in North China’s Shanxi Province is amongst winning images from the 61st World Press Photo Contest. He was awarded third prize in the contest’s People category.

‘Earth Kiln’ by Li Huaifeng, China. People, third prize singles / Image Courtesy of World Press Photo

Image description

Two brothers live in a traditional yaodong (‘kiln cave’), carved into a hillside on the Loess Plateau in central China. The earth-lined walls have good insulating properties, enabling residents to survive cold winters. The yaodong is one of the earliest housing types in China, dating back more than 2,000 years. The Loess Plateau in the upper and middle reaches of the Yellow River, is approximately the size of France.The loess soil—fine, mineral-rich, wind-blown silt, accumulated over centuries—is hundreds of meters thick in some places, and the numbers of yaodong run into millions. The loess not only keeps the dwellings warm in winter, but also cool in summer. The brothers, who are both unmarried, have lived in this yaodong for most of their lives.

About Li Huaifeng

Li Huaifeng, born in 1968, a native of Shandong Province and former Yanzhou Tobacco Factory. He started to study photography in 2011 and joined the China Photographers Association (CPA) in 2014. In recent few years, he has been focusing on humanities documentary photography in areas such as Daliangshan, Tibet and Ningxia in Sichuan and has made numerous photographic works.

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Monique Abud

Centre d'études sur la Chine moderne et contemporaine, EHESS, Paris, France

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Centre d'études sur la Chine moderne et contemporaine, EHESS, Paris, France

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