China's "Purest Photographer" (3)

Lu Nan took the photos of the “On the Road: The Catholic Church in China” series in more than ten provinces in China. As the Catholic faith is a sensitive topic in China, several times he had his cameras and films being confiscated. Some of the films he took in Inner Mongolia have not been returned up till now. One can imagine how difficult the shooting process was, and the psychological and financial pressure Lu was under.

“I don’t have a religion, only conviction,” Lu said. “Artists should have conviction and preferably no religion.”

“The reason why I chose Catholicism as the theme is that I wish to show the holiness, solemnity and purity of a religion. I found it difficult to capture and visually present these things from other religions. With the Catholic faith there are ceremonies, and ceremonies are suitable for visual presentation.”

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