2010 Year in Pictures
January 20, 2011
Hui minority Muslim men wait for a meal to be served at a wedding in Pingliang, Gansu Province, China.
A man rides his bike along a road between tree-covered hills, a farm village, and factories near Qixia, Jiangsu, China.
A selection of images from the project We Chinese – 100 portraits accompanied by short interviews about China and the future.
Uighurs walk through the Uighur section of Urumqi, Xinjiang, China. The city is divided between Han and Uighur ethnicities, and violent clashes erupted between the groups in 2009.
Li Bin Feng text messages friends on the day before his wedding to Ma Re (seen in picture above the bed) in Pingliang, Gansu, China.
Workers herd sheep through the streets of the Old Town section of Kasghar, Xinjiang, China.
Tibetan Buddhist pilgrims gather to watch monks pray during the Monlam Festival at the Labrang Monastery in Xiahe, Gansu, China.
Leafless trees stand in an orchard outside an abandoned homestead on the Coffee Ranch in Rosebud County near Melstone and Sumatra, Montana, USA.
Construction workers enter a work site in Urumqi, Xinjiang, China.
Riot police patrol the streets of Kashgar, Xinjiang, China. After fighting between Uighurs and Hans in 2009, the government has maintained a heavy police presence in the city.
A defaced poster showing the local police hangs on a wall in Urumqi, Xinjiang, China. The city is divided between Han and Uighur ethnic groups and in 2009 saw violent clashes between the groups.
A Uighur woman stands near a partially-demolished building in the Old City section of Kashgar, Xinjiang, China.
Taking a break from hunting on the Coffee Ranch in Rosebud County near Melstone and Sumatra, Montana, USA.
Uighur men bake flat bread (nan) in a barrel oven in the Old City section of Kashgar, Xinjiang, China.
A monk tends butter candles in a temple at the Labrang Monastery during the Monlam Festival in Xiahe, Gansu, China.
Uighurs arrive at the Kashgar Sunday Animal Market with lambs and sheep for sale outside Kashgar, Xinjiang, China.
A torn advertisement stands next to an empty parking lot at a closed shopping mall in Pingliang, Gansu, China. Images of Western consumerism dominate advertising throughout China.
A man skins deer at the House of Meats wild game processing facility in Great Falls, Montana, USA.
After-wedding party at a bar in Pingliang, Gansu, China.
Competitors ride a mechanical bull at the Mechanical Bull-A-Rama at the Whoa Arena in Valier, Montana, USA. The event, organized by Janelle Nelson, was a benefit for local youth rodeo participants and the local food bank.
Hunting campsite outside Sumatra, Montana, USA.
New father. Pingliang, Gansu, China.
Hot air balloon pilots prepare their balloons for inflation before the Great Prosser Balloon Rally in Prosser, Washington, USA.
A People’s Armed Police security guard stands watch over a subway entrance in Shanghai, China. Military security guards were placed at all subway entrances throughout the city a few months before the opening of the Shanghai World Expo.
Old style concrete houses look onto new luxury highrise apartment buildings across the Yangtze River in Nanjing, Jiangsu, China.
Monks gather for prayer during the Monlam Festival at the Labrang Monastery in Xiahe, Gansu, China.
Young men use their hats to get the attention of a friend while a crowd forms to watch the wet t-shirt contest at the Testicle Festival in Clinton, MT. The Rock Creek Lodge in Clinton, MT, has hosted the annual Testicle Festival since the early 1980s. The four day festival and party revolves around the consumption of so-called Rocky Mountain Oysters, which are deep-fried bull testicles.
Tibetan Buddhist pilgrims fight sand and wind as they walk along the Kora prayer path outside the Labrang Monastery during the Monlam Festival in Xiahe, Gansu, China.
Monks control crowds of pilgrims during a prayer ceremony at night outside the Labrang Monastery during the Monlam Festival in Xiahe, Gansu, China.
A sandstorm blows into Cherchen, Xinjiang, China, on the southern border of the Taklamakan Desert. Frequent sandstorms are a common problem in the area as desertification of China’s west increases.
Here are a few of my favorites from 2010. The year ended in utter disaster: car wrecks, camera wrecks, personal wrecks. Photographically, I’ve never had a better year. There were publications, exhibitions, and awards throughout the year, and they’re continuing through the beginning of 2011. The last year has also been a time of transition as I move to a new phase of life, moving back to the US from China. The photos here may not be the best I took this year, but they represent a combination of my favorite from projects and personal work and many memories. Here’s hoping everyone else’s 2011 is full of good light and many tearsheets.