The Naming of a River／Cheng Xinhao
Published by Jiazazhi Press
Size: 160mm × 250mm × 25mm
128 pages, Hardcover, Fold-over Page
First Edition: 500, including 400 normal editions & 100 special editions
All are signed
Published in May 2016
About the Author
Cheng Xinhao, born in Yunnan Province in 1985, got his Ph.D. from the College of Chemistry and Molecular Engineering in PKU in 2013. As one of the finalists of 2015 Three Shadow Photography Award he won the Shiseido Photographer Prize. Now he lives and works as an artist in Kunming Yunnan.
About the Book
In the beginning of 2014, the photographer went back to his hometown Kunming and found a "Pictures of Six Rivers in Yunnan's Provincial Capital" drawn by Huang Shijie, an official in Qing Dynasty. Inspired by the book he started to take sampling photos for Panlong River and tried to identify it again with old memories. At the same time he was researching the relationship between time and space beyond the river.
The book was made as a long gatefold in two sides. In the front side scattered perspectives of riverside sceneries, showing every section of the river originally, while in the back side there are picture related to the river in different times: humans met in a time in a place, rocks showing huge changes in millions of years, or eucalyptus leaves renewing every year. The two-side design shows the artist's practice of seeking for relations between external scenery and inner logic behind it. In the end of the book, a picture of sedimentary rocks gives a imagery expression for the issue the artist was discussing: time must be characterized in a space, and space must be shaped in a time. Their intertwining relationship will not be changed forever.