News - Wangfujing

My photograph "News - Wangfujing" is inspired by
Vietnam war reporter Eddie Adams' famous photo of a
Vietcong officer being shot through the head. What
most shocked me in that photo was not death itself but
the executioner's rash and random disposal of life.
The photograph also has broad social implications,
some sort of terror and shudder transmitted through
the deep collapse of humanity, telling us that
absolutely anything could happen in this world,
warning us not to cherish any illusions about life.
In "News - Wangfujing", I deliberately placed the
incident in Wangfujing, a shopping street in Beijing -
the noise and excitement of daily life, a bustling
commercial district, a scene of peace and prosperity.
Unnoticed, a man points a weapon at a young girl,
ready to strike her down. So what happened? Is this a
play? Is it real or fake? When a picture unfolds
before our eyes in this absurd fashion, it just goes
to show how unimportant all these superficial games
are. What is important is what's behind the
"incident"; in today's seemingly peaceful world, the
spirit of humanity is lifeless, flat and superficial
beyond words. The pursuit of profit means people are
still in the throes of war-like sufferings and there
are still innocent lives facing the dangers of war....

我的摄影作品《新闻·王府井》是依据越战时期美国战地记者Eddie Adams最有名的的一张新闻照片《街头枪决》仿拍的。这张照片震动我的不是死亡本身,而是行刑者处置生命的轻率与随意。而且这张新闻照片还具有广泛的社会引申意义,一种从人性深处崩塌传来的恐惧与战栗告诉我们,这个世界没有什么事情不会发生,别在对生命抱任何的幻想。
在我的《新闻·王府井》摄影作品中,我故意在北京王府井的商业街导演了这一事件。日常生活的喧闹,消费繁华的广场,太平盛世的景象。一个毫不起眼的男子用枪指着一位青春少女,大有一副“刀起首落”之态。究竟发生了什么?是演戏吗?是真或是假?当画面以这样一种荒诞的方式展开在我们眼前时,这正说明了这一切表面上的游戏并不重要,重要的是这一“事件”的背后,在当今看似和平的世界,人类精神的极度苍白与平乏。利益的驱使仍然使人类处于战争的灾难之中,仍然有无辜的生命面临战争的危险……