Chongqing sur les quatre rives du temps qui passe New

Chongqing sur les quatre rives du temps qui passe

Cyrus Cornut has photographed with a 4x5 chamber the Chinese city of Chongqing, undergoing one of the world’s highest demographic and economic growth rates with its population of 34 million. Also known as the “capital of fog” due to its natural mist and to the endemic pollution that has accompanied its rapid development. Working with a chamber, the photographer, architect by training, takes a contemplative look at the city attentive to the signs of the urban landscape explosion in Asia. 

“He also lingered on the residents, who provide the human scale, and particularly on former farmers who are resisting by appropriating the tiniest cracks to cultivate their vegetables, who continue to fish or swim in the waters of the Yangzi or its tributary the Jialing, as though nothing were amiss. His images perfectly describe the ambiguities of the modern world and the glut of limitless economic development. ”, as Sylvie Hugues underlines in her essay, without imposing a particular message or politic view. These urban photographs, with a subtle chromatic palette, bring out both a silent resilience as well as a melancholy from this state of in-between worlds. 


Press reviews

Prix HSBC pour la Photographie collection 

directed by Christian Caujolle


Hardcover, 19 x 24 cm

104 pages, 44 colour photographs


Texts (English and French)

Sylvie Hugues, 2021 Prize Artistic Advisor

Cyrus Cornut


Exhibitions in France

Le Capitole, Arles

July 4 – August 29, 2021



Cité musicale-Metz

Galerie de l’exposition de l’Arsenal

September 24 – November 14, 2021


The collection's previous Prize recipients

Louise Honée and Charlotte Mano in 2020

Dominique Teufen and Nuno Andrade in 2019

Antoine Bruy and Petros Efstathiadis in 2018

ISBN : 978-2-36511-292-5

30,00 €

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