Monroe Gallery of Photography
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STEPHEN WILKES: CHINA






Santa Fe - Monroe Gallery of Photography, 112 Don Gaspar, is pleased to present "Stephen Wilkes: China", an important exhibition featuring the most recent documentary project of the leading contemporary photographer Stephen Wilkes. The exhibition opens with a public reception for the photographer on Friday, October 3, from 5 - 7 PM. The exhibition continues through November 23.




China, 2005

Traveling throughout old and new China during a period from 2005 through 2008, Stephen Wilkes expertly portrays a nation amidst rapid and vast transformation. Focusing on both rural and industrial settings - and the increasing number of areas where they collide - Stephen Wilkes draws our attention to a changing way of life. The exhibition features stunning large format color photographs made by Wilkes.

In China, 300 million people have escaped poverty in less than a generation, and millions are migrating from the countryside to the cities, where the juggernaut of capitalism is powering a rapid transformation.

Wilkes' photographed both with official sanction, and surreptitiously, often evading police and officials and hiding his film when asked to produce it for inspection.

The large, spectacular imagery speaks of not only a new era in China, but also of a shift on global economics and environmental impact already being felt in the United States and elsewhere. The series, which depicts the complexities of an emerging capitalist economy tethered to an authoritarian government, vividly demonstrates the interdependence of the economies of China and the United States.

Please click here to see other photographs by Stephen Wilkes.



China, 2006


China, 2006


Man and lake, China, 2006



Farm house before demolition, China, 2006


Farm house after demolition, China, 2006


China, 2007



China, 2007


Gulin Mountains, China


Snowy bridge and mountain, China



Guilin, China


Rice Paddies, China


Grape Sheds, Turpan, China, 2008



Rooftops, Old Section near new construction,Beijing, China


Interior of Skyscraper Tower, Shanghai


Pudong, China, at night



National Centre for the Performing Arts,"The Egg", Beijing, China, 2008


"The Bird's Nest", Beijing, China, 2008


Artspace, China, 2007



Construction, Shanghai, 2005


Data Center,Olympic Village, Beijing, China,2008


Olympic Village Construction, China, 2008



Construction Workers, Beijing, China,2008


Steel Cables, Three Gorges Dam, Yangtze River in Sandouping, Yichang, Humei, China, 2008


Backside of Three Gorges Dam, Yangtze River in Sandouping, Yichang, Humei, China, 2008



Three Gorges Dam Lock, Sandouping, Yichang, Humei, China, 2008


Three Gorges Dam at Yangtze River, Jui Li village, Sandouping, Yichang, Humei, China, 2008


Lone Factory Worker, China, 2005



Broad Group Factory, China


China, 2005



Read arcticles about the exhibition:
  • Pasatiempo - The Santa Fe New Mexican's Weekly Magazine
    of Arts, Entertainment, and Culture - October 3rd 2008
  • China's Two Sides - The Albuquerque Journal - October 3rd 2008




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