James Morgan’s book, China and a Gold Chair
in the Middle of the Road, explores the process of
change, which is so evident in Melbourne’s Chinese
sister city, Tianjin. Morgan’s portraits invoke the inevitable contradictions
that arise between industrial and traditional China;
illustrating the story of a city in flux by capturing
images of both its people and landscape.
His pictures allude to narratives, provoking
curious speculations that make this body of work
both sustainable and alluring. These photographs,
Morgan’s true medium of communication, have a
natural informality that seems to have been drawn
from the people of Tianjin.

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Head On Photo Awards 2024

Entries to the Head On Photo Awards 2024 open in May/June.

Image detail: Gary Ramage