Bronze / 2018 / Fine Art / Architecture_FA

CHONGQING, on the four shore of passing times

  • Prize
    Bronze in Fine Art/Architecture
  • Company
  • Photographer
    Cyrus CORNUT

Chongqing municipality, China, population of 34 million. One of the world’s highest demographic and economic growth rates. The is infused by almost 300 000 newcomers every year. Chongqing, the “Mountain City,” at the confluence of the Yangtze and Jialang Rivers, struggles to break through the fog that covers it all year long. Heir to the displaced from the Three Gorges dam and daughter to the Beijing authorities – who upgraded her to a municipality, raising her up to the same heights as her big sisters on the East coast – Chongqing has developed at a dizzying speed. Urban forms and infrastructure have sprung up, gravity-defying, embracing the shorelines of its four banks, each of them steeply carved out by the current of the water. The speed of urbanization has outperformed overtaken the slow rhythm of the fishermen, the erosion of the rivers, the powerful hatching of the mountains.