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Blank Lands 寻找庄学本
Director:Federico Peliti, Yan Zhiyong
Producer:NACNE, Beijing ZhilinyiCO.LTD, Heilongjiang Broadcasting Station
Country / Region:China | Italy
Particular year:2015
Length of time:66min

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By presenting the heart shaking black and white photos and the real life of the minorities in southwest China, the documentary depicts the story of Zhuang Xueben, the pioneer of China’s image anthropology and a great photographer.

Zhuang Xueben had spent almost ten years investigating and studying the minorities’ habitation in Sichuan, Yunnan, Gansu and Qinghai province from 1934 to 1942. Having taken thousands of photos and written million-word research reports, travel notes and diaries, he held Xikang photo exhibition in 1941 with over 200 thousand visitors. Those photos demonstrate the mental outlook of the minorities at the time, leaving a reliable and credible visual archive and research report for the history of Chinese Minorities. But until today, his visual documents are discovered gradually and his contribution and status in the photographic history can be redefined.

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