The People of Longhu Town, China
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This photo documentary project focuses on the denizens of Longhu Town, China, 2004. The photo sessions are staged in the sense that the subjects are posed in relation to their surroundings. A 20mm lens (extreme wide angle) is used to "condense" the view, and show the backdrop/background. The subjects' posture and expression come across as natural, but their "look" is manipulated through constant encouragement. They're not smiling, and in Chambers' opinion, a documentary portrait should not include this kind of expression. As soon as a subject smiles for the camera, he or she breaks character. This action dilutes the nature of the image, and it becomes nothing more than a standard studio portrait.


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Exhibitions

Focus On Your World, Zhao/Chambers Joint Photo Exhibition (The People of Longhu Town, China) (group show: Zhao Zhenhai, Tom R. Chambers and Zhao's photo students), Yellow River College of Technology, Zhengzhou, China, April, 2005.

Zhao/Chambers Joint Photo Exhibition (The People of Longhu Town, China) (two-person show: Zhao Zhenhai and Tom R. Chambers), Library Gallery, Sheng Da College, Zhengzhou, China, June, 2004 [view installation/opening].