The Talent: Fan Shi San’s “Great Wall”

I connected with Fan Shi San on Blink and fell in love with the series “Great Wall.” It’s a look at the landmark like you’ve probably never seen before, captured while the photographer bicycled the 4000-mile length from west to east. He is a freelance photographer based in Shanghai whose work has been exhibited in China and the UK over the past few years.

In Fan Shi San’s own words, “For thousands of years the Great Wall sealed China from outside world, dynasty after dynasty, empire after empire, it is the blood line along which millions of human skeletons buried without intermission during thousands years’ struggle. This journey is a visual research of China’s essential roots through desert and towns, symbols and villages which are slowly dying in the progress of the reborn country’s industrialization and urbanization, millions of faceless men migrant from north to south, from interior to coast, searching for a better life, leaving behind their native soil, their children and olds, and in the meantime, the Great Wall crumbles a little more every day.”

When I asked him why he shot this project, Fan Shi San said the motivation to photograph this body of work was a desire to “record the internal scene in China, both in landscape and spiritually.”

There’s a much larger edit of “Great Wall” available on Fan Shi San’s website, where you can also see Wu Kan, a look at a small farming village that rebelled against the Communist Party in 2011, and Two of Us, a conceptual piece on children who grew up alone under China’s One Child Policy.

We receive a lot of submissions of projects to feature on dvafoto and we want to highlight some of the fantastic work we see. Please get in contact if you have a body of work you’d like to share.

Brauer’s back in China until Aug. 5

I lived in China from 2007 to 2010, and haven’t been back since. Thankfully, all of that is changing right now. I’ll be back in China for the last two weeks of July, mostly in the middle of the country. Above, you can see a few images from my last year in China that I haven’t shown much. Editors, get in touch if you need anything.

Worth a look: Kola Superdeep by Sergey Novikov

Russian photographer Sergey Novikov wrote in a little while ago to share his project Kola Superdeep. The project offers a glimpse into a remote area in Russia’s Murmansk Oblast above the Arctic Circle that is home to one of the deepest holes ever drilled on Earth. Drilling and research in the area, which borders Norway and Finland, was abandoned in 2008, but a small population remains and Norilsk Nickel continues some mining operations which have a devastating effect on the landscape.

Take a look at the project and be sure to look at the rest of Novikov’s work. I particularly like his series of street portraits in Moscow and Grassroots, a look at Russian soccer fields, which reminds me of Hans van der Meer’s European Fields.