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Andrew McConnell January 2, 2012

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in China.
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Guangzhou’s main Square, China

Andrew McConnell (b. 1977, Ireland) began his photographic career in Belfast, working as a press photographer during the closing stages of “The Troubles” in the north of Ireland and the transition to peace. Since then he has worked on stories worldwide including the conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo, e-waste in Ghana, surfing in the Gaza Strip and the ongoing occupation of Western Sahara. McConnell is a double World Press Photo Award winner and a recipient of the NPPA Best of Photojournalism Best of Show Award, his images have appeared in the many of the world’s top publications.

About the Photograph:

“The image was taken in Guangzhou’s Railway Station Square, in China, and even for the most populated country in the world this place was busy. It always seemed to be thronged with at least a few thousand people and whether they were coming or going it was hard to tell. At regular spacings these Chinese soldiers kept watch over the public, always standing in threes, two looking forward one looking back. Their faces were grave and expressionless and it was obvious they wouldn’t be agreeing to any photographs. So I walked up to these three and made one frame before they exploded in angry condemnation of my act, I held my hands up, made my excuses, and left quietly.”

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