Since Photoshop trickery has turned us all into cynics and disbelievers when it comes to photography, we were all the more delighted to see the decidedly non-digitalized photo series “The Impossible Art of Li Wei.”
In this series of 15 photos by a Beijing-based artist-photographer, the subjects hold radically implausible poses that seem to defy gravity: A man’s head sticks out of a windshield, his body ramrod-straight; a group of bodies seemingly fly out of a front loader; a man is kicked off the roof of a building, captured at the instant he begins to fall. Li crafted the incredible images — part performance art and part photo essay — using mirrors, metal wires, scaffolding, and acrobatics.
It’s magical realism with an urban, contemporary edge. And it’s sublime.
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