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14 June 2008

So You Wanna Shoot in China?

Photographers are heading to China in droves right now, whether for the coming Olympics in Beijing (August 8-24), to cover the aftermath of the tragic May 12 earthquake in Sichuan province — or just to shoot stock: China's ferocious growth and rapidly changing economy have made it a perennially hot news property. 

"It’s an unusual time of openness in China, which is traditionally a xenophobic country, thanks to the Olympics and the earthquake, " says Jeff Greenwald, executive director of Ethical Traveler , a project of the Earth Island Institute. "That openness is a two-way street. People traveling to China, particularly Americans, can try to counteract some of the negative images that China has of us from its media."

But this is a very politically sensitive country. Attempting to shoot certain subjects—anything to do with say, Tibet, religion, state executions, and disease—can get you in trouble with the authorities. Along with Greenwald, PDNOnline talked to ten photographers who have shot in mainland China to get their tips for those new to the country. Several living in or frequently working in China spoke on the condition of anonymity.

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Source: PDN

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