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Stefano De Luigi July 15, 2011

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in China, Tibet.
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Qinghai Province, China 2009

Stefano De Luigi (b. 1964, Italy) is a contributor to international magazines including Stern, Paris Match, Le Monde Magazine, Newsweek and The New Yorker. His long term projects include “Pornoland” (winner of the Marco Bastianelli Prize in 2005) and “Blanco,” visions of blindness, published by Trolley in 2010. Blanco has been produced with support from World Health Organization, Vision 2020 and the 2007 W.E. Smith Fellowship. In 2006, he started a new project called “Cinema Mundi,” which was transformed into a seven minute short film that screened at the Locarno International Film Festival. Stefano has won the World Press Photo three times in different categories (1998, 2007, 2009), the Moving Walls of Soros Foundation in 2009 and Days Japan International Photojournalism Award 2010, Getty Grant for editorial photography 2010. Since 2008 is represented by VII/Network.

About the Photograph:

“This picture was was taken on the road along Koko Nor lake known in China as Qinghai Hu in the Qinghai Province. I was traveling from Bejing to Lhasa on a reportage about the ‘sky train’ and wanted to stop in Xining, the town that is the door to the Tibetan Plateau. This lake is considered sacred by Tibetans and is the largest lake without a river outlet in central Asia. It’s 3,200 meter above sea level and very cold and windy. When I saw this car on top of the pole I was quite amused that in a place like this somebody could have an idea to advertise his own business in a such strange way. My interpreter explained that the car was put as a warning. There are traces of false blood all around the car to alert drivers of the many car accidents that occur on the highway.”

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