HAI BO

On the heels of Obama’s summit with Hu Jintao, an evocative new exhibit by photographer Hai Bo opens in New York. Philip Gefter explores the art of documenting China’s vanishing history.

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Old Man, 2009

pigment print mounted to Dibond image and paper, 58 11/16 x 78 1/2 inches mount, 58 11/16 x 78 1/2 inches from an edition of 8

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Passing Traveller, 2008

pigment print mounted to Dibond image, 47 5/16 x 63 inches paper and mount, 55 5/16 x 71 inches from an edition of 8

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2007-I, 2007

pigment print mounted to Dibond image, 19 5/8 x 62 1/4 inches paper and mount, 23 1/2 x 66 1/8 inches from an edition of 12

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Shadow - 2, 2009

pigment print mounted to Dibond image, 47 1/4 x 62 7/8 inches paper and mount, 70 3/4 x 55 inches from an edition of 8

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Shadow - 3, 2009

pigment print mounted to Dibond image, 47 1/4 x 62 7/8 inches paper and mount, 55 x 70 3/4 inches from an edition of 8

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I Am Chairman Mao's Red Guard

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The Four Seasons - Autumn

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The Four Seasons - Winter

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The Four Seasons - Spring

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The Four Seasons - Summer

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Three Sisters

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Smoke, 2009

pigment print mounted to Dibond image and paper, 54 3/4 x 110 inches mount, 54 3/4 x 110 inches from an edition of 8

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Yesterday, 2009

three pigment prints mounted to Dibond each, 39 x 52 inches from an edition of 8

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Early Evening Light - 2, 2009

pigment print mounted to Dibond image, 47 3/16 x 63 inches paper and mount, 55 3/16 x 71 inches from an edition of 8

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2008-1, 2008

two gelatin silver prints mounted to Plexiglas each image, 94 1/2 x 47 1/4 inches from an edition of 8