Three Gorges Dam: Through the Lens of the Artist

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From professionals to amateurs, the Yangtze River has captured the attention of hundreds of photographers and artists. Since the construction of the Three Gorges Dam, the Yangtze River has achieved even greater fame (or infamy). To some, the dam is an engineering marvel, but to many others, it represents a destruction of natural beauty and the devastation of hundreds of traditional homes and livelihoods.

Whether the artist was trying to capture the daily experiences of displaced communities or Man’s desire to tame nature’s wildness, one thing is for certain: through the lens of the artist, we see the project, and the river, anew.

Drawings (2008-2009) – China Three Gorges Dam Project
Joy Garnett: Winkleman Gallery, New York

Three Gorges Dam Series – Paintings and Work on Paper
Rick Camire

Yangtze Journey
This piece is premiering on the slideshow for the first time.
Jeff Fallen

“Rhapsody on Farewell” (2002), “River, River” (2005), “Color Lines” (2006), “The Garden” (2007)
Chen Quilin

In the Lap of the Gods
Li Miao Lovett