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Hi All,

Sorry to do this but I would like
to invite people to have a look
at a feature of mine on China’s
problem with desertification.
The presented the series so


Best Always,


by [a former member] at 2007-05-07 07:35:58 UTC (ed. Mar 12 2008 ) Tokyo , Japan | Bookmark | | Report spam→

Don’t apologise…, excellent work James, well done. Hope all goes well on your current trip.

And for anyone who wants to be inspired make sure you read the interview with James, by Donald Winslow

thanks for sharing it James,


TokyoLand blog

by Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert | 07 May 2007 09:05 | Tokyo, Japan | | Report spam→
Nothing to be sorry James, thank you, very good work. please keep on going. cheers, Miguel

by [former member] | 07 May 2007 10:05 | Lisboa, Portugal | | Report spam→
for more work I strongly urge you all to check out James’s Death Throes of a Rainforest

Great work James!

by Jon Anderson | 07 May 2007 12:05 | Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic | | Report spam→
Thanks a lot James. By the way, do you found finally how to clean the inside glass of the flat scanner, I remember an old post of you and i think in brief i will have to clean some condensation too. Saludos

by Hernan Zenteno | 07 May 2007 16:05 | Buenos Aires, Argentina | | Report spam→
Nice work James. I’ll spread the word.

I’ve sucked some of that dust in past years. Gets worse every year.

Best wishes

by Paul Rigas | 07 May 2007 16:05 | Grants Pass, Oregon USA, United States | | Report spam→
Very nice stuff. Now all you have to do is read my DJ column


by James Colburn | 07 May 2007 18:05 | Paris, France | | Report spam→
Geez, Jim, is that shot of you at the head of your column taken by the police?

by [former member] | 07 May 2007 18:05 | Washington, DC, United States | | Report spam→
Another great piece James.

by _ | 07 May 2007 19:05 | North Carolina, United States | | Report spam→
Nope. That’s my “wear a leather jacket and try to look French” machine-made ID photo…

by James Colburn | 08 May 2007 13:05 | Paris, France | | Report spam→
magisterial, poetic and bone-full of honesty, as always profound and wise and beautiful work James….


by [former member] | 08 May 2007 14:05 (ed. May 8 2007) | toronto, Canada | | Report spam→
Fantastic work, James. Please keep it up and don’t hesitate to share. Thanks. Clif

by Clif Wright | 08 May 2007 15:05 | Austin, United States | | Report spam→
Thanks for sharing the link and gallery, James. Always a treat to see your work. W

by Wayne E. Yang | 08 May 2007 17:05 (ed. May 8 2007) | New York, United States | | Report spam→
Very nice work James, as is the Death Throes of a Rainforest.

I have a question though about the captions and have to say it troubles me somehow that each person in the picture, if Muslim, is identified as Muslim in the caption. ‘Hui Muslim walks through…’ etc. My first reaction was would the non-Muslim man walk somehow differently through the desert that use to be grassland? Than I followed the story to the end (couple of times) and I couldn’t figure out how is it relevant in this story if the man is Muslim or not. We have some other man and women in the story (and I guess non-Muslims, since not specified) but we don’t know their religion.
Now, I am no expert in China, and maybe I am missing something obvious to everyone else.
Also, I am not a PJ, so captioning is not really my specialty.

This is a beautiful and important photo story but I was so destructed by captions like ‘Hui Muslim motorcyclist looks out into a desert…’ that I end up writing this long post here.
I know you had no bad intentions but your essay brought to me some bad wartime memories when all it seemed to matter is if one is a bloody Christian or Muslim or whatever. I might be too sensitive, I know…
I hope you don’t mind my honest reaction but your story is not about religious issues but rather about an enviromental issue and how people on power can make a catastrophic decision that will hunt generations to come.

by [former member] | 08 May 2007 20:05 | Montreal, Canada | | Report spam→
No offense James, but I don’t find the pics very interesting at all. Looks like something shot in b/w with a HOLGA, for the “artistic” sake of shooting with a HOLGA.

Sgt Frank Hudec
Cameraman/Canadian Forces Army News

by [former member] | 09 May 2007 01:05 | Ottawa, Canada | | Report spam→
Dear Velibor,

Point well taken. It is newsworthy that there
is a large portion of the Peoples Republic that
are of the Muslim faith and largely unknown to the
outside world. It distinguishes the Hui Muslim
minority (minzu) from the Han majority who have overrun
them and the Mongol people of this half of Mongolia (Inner
Mongolia). If there were a sizeable, ethnic people
of Christian origin, like the Coptics of Egypt or
the Coptics of Ethiopia, who are newsworthy for
their identity and largely unknown, unrepresented
to the outside world, you better believe I would write
something like, “Christian Chinese man navigates his
through a column of Peoples Liberation Soldiers poised
to block his entry into unsanctioned church”
or “Coptic man enters only church in western Egypt”,
or some other caption that there would be significance
to his ethnicity or religious affiliation.

It does matter because in the case of Inner Mongolia,
this is one of the major cultural crossroads of the
world. Tibetans, Xixia, Hui Minzu, Han, Mongol and
many now non-existent peoples have passed this way.
The Xixia were wiped off the face of the earth by
Kublai Khan. They may have regrouped in southern
Siberia but no one really knows.

Actually Ningxia is considered a Hui Muslim Autonomous
Region. Only 30% of the total population of Ningzia
Province are Hui people. So, they are very much an
ethnic/religious group in danger of loosing their

The Han have tried and failed to assimilate the
Hui Muslim minority. Unlike the Uighurs further
east, they are Mandarin speakers. What I find most
sad is that the traditional mosques of the Hui
look like Chinese Buddhist Temples but are actually
mosques. They are unbelievably beautiful. Now,
as you can see in several photographs you can see,
they are importing architectural styles that are
not their own RARE brand of architecture, very
Islamic but also suggesting their Chinese heritage.

Apologies if it appeared like I was saying something
like, “Catholic man walking down Paris street”. That
would be insensitive and ridiculous. You will get no
argument from me on that.

Again, point well taken and food for thought.



by [former member] | 09 May 2007 01:05 | Tokyo, Japan | | Report spam→
Dear All,

Thanks for the kind words. I felt a little
strange tooting my own horn.

This is an important issue (desertification in
China) to be sure.



by [former member] | 09 May 2007 01:05 | Tokyo, Japan | | Report spam→
Dear James,

if you weren’t “tooting my own horn” as you put it, many of us might have missed your great work. Keep on tooting, and so should others, that is at least for me a way to see a lot of other photographer’s work. If you don’t put it right under my nose, I will probably miss it !!! Thanks for tooting James,



by Stefan Falke | 09 May 2007 03:05 (ed. May 9 2007) | Brooklyn, United States | | Report spam→
James, thanks for taking time to provide further info. With this additional explanation it makes more sense but just going through the presentation on digital journalist it seems odd and confusing (to me at least), and it is hard to see why is it relevant that the man walking through the desert is a Muslim. That one caption where you say how all of these groups live together in relative harmony is more than enough considering what this story is about (in my mind). However, very good work… looking forward to see more of it.

It is easy to praise each other’s work here on LS (and it is necessary) but honest criticism is more what I am looking for when it comes to my work. That way we could help each other, I hope. Hope you don’t mind…

by [former member] | 10 May 2007 13:05 | Montreal, Canada | | Report spam→
Dear Velibor,

Not a problem at all. In fact we can only grow
through constructive criticism. Yours was



by [former member] | 11 May 2007 08:05 | Tokyo, Japan | | Report spam→

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