Chen Jiagang (born in 1962 in Chongqing) was first trained as an architect and founded the Chengdu Upriver Museum and Kunming Upriver Museum. He began his photography career around 2003 with this series “Third Front” – followed by “The Great Third Front” in 2008 -, which primarily tackles the historical disappearing by creating intriguing pictures in large-format of obsolete military cities constructed during the 1960s (called the ‘Third Line’). Here, the past-idealised vision of Chinese industrial grandeur is transformed into an anxious inquiry into lost memories and the uncertain future of these leftover zones. He lives and works in Beijing.
View more of Chen Jiagang‘s work here.
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