Philipp Scholz Rittermann

April 4, 2013 - April 28, 2013

Unloading Sand, Yuejin Port, Grand Canal, Jining, Shandong Province, China (PRC)
2010
Pigment print on Dibond
43.5x77”

Image © Philipp Scholz Rittermann

Stone Bridge & Lumber Barge, Suzhou, Jiangsu Province, China (PRC)
2009
Pigment print on Dibond
43.5x84"

Image © Philipp Scholz Rittermann

House Barges near Zhuxi Rd. #2, Grand Canal, Yangzhou, Jiangsu Province, China (PRC)
2009
Pigment print on Dibond
33x72"

Image © Philipp Scholz Rittermann

Man in Beach Chair, Huaneng Coal Fired Power Plant, Jining, ¬¬¬Shandong Province, China (PRC)
2010
Pigment print on Dibond
29.5x48"

Image © Philipp Scholz Rittermann

Young Men & Qing Emperor, Red Pavillion, Yangliuqing, Tianjin City, China (PRC)
2010
Pigment print on Dibond
37x72"

Image © Philipp Scholz Rittermann

Passing a Coal Laden Barge Team at Daybreak, Hanzhuang, near Tai’erzhuang, Shandong Province, China (PRC)
2010
Pigment print on Dibond
17.5x48"

Image © Philipp Scholz Rittermann

Construction of Beijing-Shanghai High Speed Train Line, Zhongbe, Tianjin City, China (PRC)
2010
Pigment print on Dibond
22x48"

Image © Philipp Scholz Rittermann

Wind Turbines, Solar Valley Gateway, Dezhou, Shandong Province, China (PRC)
2010
Pigment print on Dibond
24.5x48"

Image © Philipp Scholz Rittermann

High-Rise Apartment Blocks under Construction, Wuxi, Jiangsu Province, China (PRC)
2010
Pigment print on Dibond
37.5x120"

Image © Philipp Scholz Rittermann

Zaochuanchang Bridge under Construction, Grand Canal, Jining, Shandong Province, China (PRC)
2010
Pigment print on Dibond
36.5x72"

Image © Philipp Scholz Rittermann

Night Construction, Historic Building and High-Rise Apartments, Changzhou, Jiangsu Province, China (PRC)
2010
Pigment print on Dibond
43.5x72"

Image © Philipp Scholz Rittermann

Neighborhood Music Performance, Grand Canal Park, Weishan, Jining, Shandong Province, China (PRC)
2010
Pigment print on Dibond
43.5x12"

Image © Philipp Scholz Rittermann

Food Vendor and L.E.D. Trees, Grand Central Park, Weishan, Jining, Shandong Province, China (PRC)
2010
Pigment print on Dibond
28x48"

Image © Philipp Scholz Rittermann

Residential Neighborhood & Coal Fired Power Plant Dezhou, Shandong Province, China (PRC)
2010
Pigment print on Dibond
43.5x87"

Image © Philipp Scholz Rittermann

Off-Loading Fish, Live Fish Market, Grand Canal, Wuxi, Jiangsu Province, China (PRC)
2010
Pigment print on Dibond
18x48"

Image © Philipp Scholz Rittermann

Overview, Night Fish Market, Grand Canal, Wuxi, Jiangsu Province, China (PRC)
2010
Pigment print on Dibond
26.5x96"

Image © Philipp Scholz Rittermann

Moored Barges at Yuejin Port, Grand Canal, Jining, Shandong Province, China (PRC)
2010
Pigment print on Dibond
16x48"

Image © Philipp Scholz Rittermann

Dawn, Shrimp Market, Wuxi, Jiangsu Province, China (PRC)
2010
Pigment print on Dibond
31x48"

Image © Philipp Scholz Rittermann

Trimming Logs, Veneer Manufacture near Taiqiang, Liangshan County, Jining City, Shandong Province, China (PRC)
2010
Pigment print on Dibond
26.5x48"

Image © Philipp Scholz Rittermann

Loading the Oven, Imperial Brick Caves, Linqing, Liaocheng, Shandong, China (PRC)
2010
Pigment print on Dibond
26.5x48"

Image © Philipp Scholz Rittermann

Unloading Stone Blocks, Yinshan, Taian City, Shandong Province, China (PRC)
2012
Pigment print on Dibond
31.8x72"

Image © Philipp Scholz Rittermann

Philipp Scholz Rittermann

Emperor's River

Philipp Scholz Rittermann’s Emperor’s River illustrates the story of China’s ongoing economic expansion. Reports of run-away pollution, trade imbalances, land grabs, and corruption hardly scratch the surface of the scale and depth of the enormous changes occurring there. Such dramatic expansion is largely being fueled by the world’s most voracious consumers beyond China’s borders.

For this photographic project, Rittermann traveled the length of the Grand Canal, located in the heavily populated flats of Eastern China’s alluvial plain. The largest artificial river in the world, the Canal stretches over a thousand miles from Beijing to Hangzhou, connecting cities large and small, and traversing both the Yellow and the Yangtze Rivers.

“Contradictions and disparities abound in China. What I found as I traveled was a breathtaking, fast-paced collision of antiquity and modernity, the newly rich vs. the long suffering poor, and the strangest of bedfellows: unbridled capitalism and Communism. The standard single-frame photograph felt too limited for tackling such a varied subject, so I chose to work panoramically, assembling my images out of many overlapping exposures. This approach allowed me to craft expansive, temporally and visually layered images, capable of holding the complexities of the scenes I encountered.”

Philipp Scholz Rittermann was born in Lima, Peru in 1955, and began photographing at age 12. Escaping a military coup in 1969, his family moved to Europe where Rittermann spent the next thirteen years living in Germany and Spain. He emigrated to the US in the 1980s and currently lives in Southern California. His work has been published in numerous books and magazines, and is included in many private and public collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris, France. In conjunction with a mid-career survey in 2001, the Museum of Photographic Art, San Diego published a monograph of Ritterman’s work, Navigating by Light. In 2011, Emperor’s River was exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego.