Photography of Lu Guang is something that exposed the bad aspects of the Chinese government that they are not too keen about solving like drug addiction, HIV spread, environmental problems and much more. While in the past the photographs of this Award Winning photographer were the hot topic, this time the photographer himself is the piece of news. Lu Guang’s wife Xu Xiaoli has claimed that she has not heard from her husband since past 3rd November 2018.
According to her, Guang flew for Urumqi on 23rd October which is the capital of the Xinjiang region. He had plans to attend some photography prevents there. From there he was to fly to Sichuan to meet up with his friend Mr. Chen for participation in a charity event. However, Mr. Chen never got to meet and not even had any contact with the photographer.
When Mr. Chen when could not find or contact Guang, called his wife about Xiaoli had nothing to provide to Mr. Chen. When Xiaoli called the person who invited her husband in Xinjiang to ask about his whereabouts he told he that both Mr. Lu Guang and the host of the event have been taken away by the national security members. This news was later confirmed by the local police officers from Lu Guang’s hometown in Zhejiang province.
His wife wrote on social media that, ‘he has been lost since the past 20 days. As his family member, I have not received any arrest notice for her husband. I repeatedly contacted the police but have been unable to get through. Next week is our 20th anniversary which we should both be celebrating but he is nowhere to be found. I hope he returns home safe and sound”.
According to world media, Xinjiang has become very infamous for its tight security controls and heavy surveillance for what they call Radicalism among the ethnic Uighur Muslim community. The government beings sensitive to these issues ahs detained the reporters who have tried to investigate these negative stories about China in the past.
Lu Guang won the 2004 World Press Photo competition for his exposure of AIDS Villages where almost 678 people got the infection after they sold their blood. 200 of these people have already died.
Cédric Alviani, the director of Reporters Without Borders’ East Asia bureau, called to China to ask where Lu is and also to grant the guarantee journalists’ freedom of movement and security for the reporters in Xinjiang Province. His call is yet to be answered back.
Some of the photographs by the missing photographer are as follows.
A worker in Wuhai City, Inner Mongolia; April 10, 2005
A heavy truck carrying coal and lime drives away, causing dust to fly and harming the nearby residents
Eleven-year-old Xu Li of Hutsou is diagnosed with bone cancer
On 16 July 2010, the pipeline of the Newport Oil Wharf of Dalian Bay exploded, sending lots of oil into the sea
A woman carrying her severely ill grandson implores the sky to prevent the devil of pain returning
Disabled orphans adopted by charitable farmers.
A child with cerebral palsy licks milk powder off a bed to feed.
Laseng Temple has an over 200-year-old history, which includes the study of Mongolian medicines. It was seriously polluted by the surrounding factories, so few pilgrims go there now.
Employees work in the dust.
The Baotou Steel plant dumps mineral processing sewage into the tailings dam
The chemical industrial park of Yanwei Port in the city of Lianyungang dumps sewage in the sea.
In the jeans-producing village of Xintang Town, in Guangdong, workers gain the stone for grinding the denim every morning.
A wife cares for her dying husband.
Qi Guihua, held here by her husband, fell ill when she returned to the village from Beijing to celebrate the Spring Festival. She died two hours after this photograph was taken.
Families such as this one have sold almost everything valuable in their home to help meet medical expenses.
A young girl warms her hands in winter. Her father is infected with HIV and still cares for five children and his elderly parents.
Two girls prepare for the funeral of their six-year-old brother, who died from AIDS.