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Ye Ming


New York, NY, United States

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Past articles by Ye:

‘A Letter to My Friend under Quarantine in Wuhan’

Highlighting Chinese visual storytellers’ coverage of COVID-19 inside China. Some of these storytellers were on the ground documenting the experience of residents and medical workers in Wuhan, the city where the virus first emerged. Other storytellers were not able to travel to the outbreak’s epicenter because of Wuhan’s lockdown, which lasted from January 23 to April 8. But they found creative… → Read More

‘Nowhere to Dock’

In 2019, Depth of Field showcased stories covering a range of topics: Shi Yangkun’s nostaglic exploration of China’s last collective villages, Zhu Lingyu’s careful and artisitic portrayal of survivors of sexual violence, and cities seen through the eyes of food delivery men. → Read More

The Journey of a Bra

Many of the photo stories in this edition of Depth of Field cover issues relating to women and gender, including a piece on women from Madagascar married to men in rural Zhejiang province, artistic photo collaborations with women and men who have experienced sexual assault, the manufacturing of a bra, and a series of profiles of female Chinese photographers. Others explore cities: Li Ya’nan… → Read More

Chiang Mai’s Chinese Transfer Students

On a chilly winter Friday in early 2013, seven-year-old Zou Yanhu came home from school, looking dejected. Yanhu was a first-grader attending a public primary school in Chengdu, Sichuan’s sprawling capital city. His weekend homework was to write eight textbook essays from memory and complete two exam papers. As he listed the assignments to his mother, An Lan, tears began pouring down his cheeks.… → Read More

The young and lonely hearts of China’s shrinking cities

As China struggles to revive its industrial heartland, its young people grapple with isolation. → Read More

Where Do Bicycles Go When They Die?

In this issue of Depth of Field: the dying art of tomb burials; bike graveyards; and a son’s 20,000 photos of his mother. → Read More

Staying on Point in Rural China

In this edition of Depth of Field: aspiring ballerinas, what’s beneath the gilt in a rich Zhejiang town, worn out doctors, disappearing schools, melting snow, data farms and the powerful appeal of dancing outdoors.{photo, 48116, 3}{photo, 48126}{photo, 48131}{photo, 48136}{photo, 48141}{photo, 48146}{photo, 48151}{photo, 48156}{photo, 48161}{photo, 48166}{photo, 48171}{photo, 48176} → Read More

Slow Trains, Shrinking Boomtowns, and Men Who Know Ice

In this issue of Depth of Field, we take a ride on one of China’s slowest trains, meet the workers who cut the ice for Harbin’s winter festival, and follow two mentally disabled “sent-down youth” on a rare trip home to visit their families. Also: baijiu brewers, shrinking boomtowns, luxury retirements homes, and two families in mourning. → Read More

When You Give a Kid a Camera

This dispatch of photojournalism from China cuts across a broad spectrum of society, from film screenings in Beijing for the visually impaired to an acrobatics school 200 miles south, in Puyang, Henan province, and from children in rural Sichuan to the elderly in Shanghai. → Read More

An Identity In Limbo For Post-Soviet Koreans

A mass deportation decades ago brought thousands of Korean immigrants to Central Asia. Now their culture is in danger of vanishing → Read More

Fake Girlfriends, Chengdu Rappers, and a Chow Chow Making Bank

Lonely dog owners in Beijing and a rented girlfriend in Fujian; the last Oroqen hunters in Heilongjiang and homegrown hip hop in Chengdu; young Chinese in an Indian tech hub and Hong Kong apartments only slightly larger than coffins—these are some of the stories we bring you in this dispatch of Depth of Field. → Read More

Pictures Reveal Life Inside Tiny Futuristic Cubes

Built in 1972, the Nakagin Capsule Tower was the benchmark of Japan’s post-war economic boom. Now, its future is uncertain. → Read More

Inspirational Vandalism, Theme Parks and the Man Who Swam to Hong Kong

This month, five photo galleries explore different aspects of public and private space in contemporary China. Wu Yue meets a couple who swam to Hong Kong from Guangzhou during the Cultural Revolution and still find solace in the waters of Hong Kong’s habor; Chin-Chen followed several job seekers in a Shenzhen talent market; Yang Yifan captures the talismans made by students preparing for China’s… → Read More

A Country Where Faith Becomes a 'Necessary Evil'

A photographer returns to his family’s homeland to explore the intersection of Christianity and power in the post-war DRC. → Read More

From the Inside Looking Out

Each March, Beijing hosts the “Two Sessions,” massive meetings of the National People’s Congress and the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference. Members of the two bodies of the nation’s legislature meet for a week in the Great Hall of the People and in breakout sessions in luxury hotels around the capital, usually in roped-off areas and behind closed doors. → Read More

Nine Chinese Photographers You Need to Follow

As China continues to diversify, these photographers offer a glimpse into the ever-changing country → Read More

A Million People Live in These Underground Nuclear Bunkers

Beneath the streets of Beijing, people live in an underground universe constructed during the Cold War era. → Read More

On Scottish Islands, a Generation Caught Between Past and Future

Laetitia Vancon intimately portrays young Scots in island communities that are gradually losing their inhabitants. → Read More

Behind Asia's Photo Festival Boom

These festivals bring local and international photographers together → Read More

Meet ‘Depth of Field’: The Month’s Best Chinese Photojournalism

Welcome to ChinaFile’s inaugural “Depth of Field” column. In collaboration with Yuanjin Photo, an independent photo blog published by photographers Yan Cong and Ye Ming on the Chinese social media platform WeChat, we will highlight new and newsworthy photojournalism published in Chinese media by Chinese photographers. For each column, Yan, Ye, and ChinaFile’s David M. Barreda choose one image… → Read More