For the very first time in a book, the reader can discover or rediscover Song Chao’s world famous series of Coal miner’s portraits. His works reconnect with the greatest masters of photography.
Song Chao was nineteen when he arrived at the coal mine. Three years later he discovered photography. After a year of study, he completed his very first deeply moving series that gained him international recognition. This series took him out of the mine in Shandong province to the global art stage. Filled with a deep humanity, Song Chao’s photographs go far beyond the documentary to open the theatre of human emotions. Considered one of the 50 photographers of tomorrow, Song Chao is the portraitist of Time Magazine and the NY times in China, his works are also published by many publications around the world.
"The skin of the images splits, the sharp silhouettes that appeared so clearly the materials that seemed so rough, disappear. All I see now is those powerful eyes watching me, the weariness of the burden of living, the weight of the body, the power of the knotted muscles and the strength of mind, struggling together, or in opposition, to make a man of me."
Song Chao : Coal-Miners
Text : Enoïa Ballade