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Inspiration: “Totems” by Alain Delorme

By Lauri L. on February 6th 2013

The new Totems -series by Alain Delorme plunges us into the core of contemporary China and its complexity. Under the blue sky of a highly colored Shanghai, men carry unbelievably precarious columns made of cardboard or chairs. These high-rising “columns” appear as new totems of a society in complete transformation: both a factory for the world and a new “El Dorado” of the market economy.

With a look of humor and poetry, Alain Delorme settles us in the heart of the “Chinese Dream”. Far from a hymn to materialism, these images let the viewer catch a glimpse of the complexity of a country reinventing itself.

(Read a two-page description of the project, written by photography historian Raphaele Bertho, here.)












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Lauri Laukkanen is one of the youngest established advertising photographers in Finland. At the ripe age of 21 he has already been working with some of the biggest commercial clients and his photos have been featured in the media, all around the world. Check out his portfolio here.

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  1. Joseph Prusa

    Thanks for sharing

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  2. matt adcock

    VERY COOL POST! love this series!

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