Please Organize the Immediate Release of Photographer Lu Guang

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Hi. My name is Hugh Brownstone. I’m a photographer, filmmaker and writer, but this is about another photographer, an extraordinary photojournalist who has been arrested in China and not heard from since.
Lu Guang has been awarded multiple times by the World Press; won the Henri Nannen Prize for Photojournalism; and received grants from the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund, the Prince Claus foundation, and National Geographic.
His work focuses primarily on the social impact of industrialization in China, but it is universal in its applicability -- and as art in and of itself. It is filled with humanity
In this regard, he follows in the footsteps of renowned photographers from France’s Henri Cartier-Bresson to America’s Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange, Gordon Parks, Margaret Bourke White, Elliott Erwitt, and China’s own Fan Ho.
Once upon a time – like 1933 through 1944 – the United States commissioned many of these same photographers to capture the plight of the less fortunate members of its citizenry. The Farm Security Administration under Roy E. Stryker was not afraid of capturing the truth, but rather sought to enlist it in service of the people. To make life better. Fairer.
A more perfect union. This is hardly a uniquely American ambition.
Lu Guang’s arrest in China is of no less concern than today’s egregious attacks on the press right here in the U.S. or as far flung as places like Turkey and most recently Saudi Arabia with the government-conducted murder of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
This is not a uniquely Chinese issue.
But at the moment Lu Guang’s arrest is a problem only the Chinese can fix.  Please join me in requesting that the Chinese government organize his immediate release, safe and unharmed, without restriction. It is, after all, a sign of strength, not weakness, to admit a mistake and fix it.

Thank you.

With love and respect,


PS: all images used in this video are done so under the Doctrine of Fair Use in the hope that it will help you understand the power of his work, and the universal applicability of it.