Comments on: The China I met: A land of contradictions What makes a great picture? Thu, 18 Aug 2016 11:13:37 +0000 hourly 1 By: klp888 Sun, 10 Oct 2010 07:18:51 +0000 Great pictures! Amazing!

Post #1 is obviously came from someone who don’t understand Freedom of Speech. So we get ignored it.

By: Kirkuk Thu, 20 May 2010 20:20:53 +0000 How the chiniese athlets are hunting medals in olympics,the finest shot to know the hard training for childrens…….Nice capture…

By: mpavich Mon, 26 Apr 2010 19:49:47 +0000 ummm take a look at the pic.. its not a mother pointing a gun at her child,, its another child with a toy gun geeeshh pple

By: STORYBURNcom_0 Mon, 26 Apr 2010 11:20:05 +0000 2pesos, my question exactly. The least he could do is to explain that one

By: choirhuda Mon, 26 Apr 2010 11:00:45 +0000 extraordinary images displayed with honest about the culture of a country. senua no one in this world dare to display such honesty in these photos. I’m sure if we honestly want to see a country cultures, surely this world will be peaceful.

By: japman1la Mon, 26 Apr 2010 04:49:10 +0000 I agree that CHINA is a superb land of contrast. The image they portray internationally is as Great as the Wall in much difference. I guess China is just fooling itself, but not the rest of the world. Have you imagine 1 billion people going hungry? If rich countries allow China to go bust, you just started WWIII. Think, gosh.

By: johannesg Mon, 26 Apr 2010 04:11:26 +0000 Mr. Elias – well done, sir.

I’m not sure those on here with negative perspectives actually took the time to look through either your entire presentation or for that matter have carefully considered Reuters’ coverage of other countries, but your work (as an Israeli, for some of my respected fellow posters have clearly overlooked that fact) seemed an honest and refreshing view. Personally, I fail to see how your depiction of the friendly couple chatting at the roller rink or that respectively of the stock broker, tourists or earthquake survivors qualify as “implicative propaganda.”

My own family has had the privilege of traveling to dozens of countries on multiple continents, including throughout China repeatedly, and the simple fact remains that each culture projects their own views onto another while at the same time (especially in this wired age) receiving perhaps contradicting signals from various in-country sources and obliquely from their neighbors, detractors, and friends. Russia, India, USA, South Africa, UAE, France, Brazil – take your pick – each nation is sufficiently diverse and complex to warrant the use of the term ‘contradictory’ when applied to a new arrival’s attempts to come to grips with what they’re experiencing. One undergoing the quantum changes China has seen of late atop her > complex 5,000 year history certainly is no exception.

Having the freedom to travel about and document what you see over the course of time is a privilege, and I thank you for sharing this view.

By: alalple Mon, 26 Apr 2010 04:05:51 +0000 yes, this is the truth.

however, it is important that you should reevaluate these truths.

but, common-sense would be needed.

consider just this, China is the world’s largest, most populous country. the world’s population is 6.7 billion, China’s population consists of 20% of that number.

without doubt, Nir Elias is skilled, there is no technicality in his methods. Elias’ photographs are not images – they are truthful, and his kind of truth is even more undeniable because there is beauty from them to be transcended into any emotional eye.

but ask these questions, and keep on asking.

how much of China’s truths have been accounted for?
how many, of those truths have been revealed?

is it moral, that a specialized field of expertise shoudl be used in mass public engagement?

is engagement of the sort by shocking, using aesthetics, an effective mean of creating public awareness?

is truth still balanced when it has been extracted in a fleeting moment and reflected by methods of professional photography?

then, when we at least have sympathetic questioning and understanding about the problem, can we, as exterior observers take effective activism to solve the problem that reels our hearts.

By: blahhhhhh Mon, 26 Apr 2010 03:37:07 +0000 tacowrap

You are yet another ignorant poster. How is this negatively biased. Most of what the photographer said is the exact same things I hear from Chinese themselves. You are the biased one thinking that become Reuters is not chinese, it must have a negative bias. News is news. It covers what people need to know. That is in the west anyway. However, Chinese news is more negatively biased about the west than any news in the west is biased about China. Have you been reading the Chinese news lately? Every story is something bad about the US or the EU. If you didn’t understand the photographers “contradictions” remark, maybe you should think about China a little more deeply. There are contradictions here. Just ask the average Chinese person on the street and they will tell you. You are definately not the average chinese person, judging from this comment and other comments you have made. Everything you say is about western media, but yet you fail to realize that western media portrays China has bests as it can. They are restricted in many places in China. However, they do have chinese working for them who help them understand. Unlike Chinese media, which is controlled by the government, has no English speaking chinese people working for them, and also has no foreigners working for them with the exception of Chinadaily or CCTV9. The only reason some people like you think western media is biased is because you don’t think western media should report on China at all. but yet, your media is allowed to report even fake news about the west, and it is ok with you.

You are in fact the negatively biased one here.

By: blahhhhhh Mon, 26 Apr 2010 03:19:09 +0000 corporatemedia

You have been in China for 2 years, and you already think you know the country more than other chinese and other foreigners. I, like you, have traveled all over China, but I have also lived in China my entire adult life. There are some equivalents like you say, but they are a a different scale. Obviously, you haven’t seen enough of China. Obviously, as well, you don’t read Chinese news. Reuters typically does a good job covering China, because they have both Chinese and foreigners working for them. Unlike Chinese news, which typically has only Chinese working for them, and those chinese don’t even know English or another foreign language. I know, I have friends in the Chinese news. Also, the Chinese government randomly sends messages to the Chinese media saying “no bad news at this time.” or sometimes they are more specific saying to coverage of a certain event and calling it state secrets. Unfortunately, you are more ignorant than you think you are. Try talking to us foreigners who have been here for a lot longer than you. Even this photographer has been here longer than you.

As for the pictures, they are good. China is a country full of many different kinds of people doing many different things at the same time. Hopefully more people can travel to China with an open mind unlike “corporatemedia” poster who has a chip on his shoulder.