Kodak deleted these images of Xinjiang. We’re reprinting them. Plus, a conversation with the photographer.
Thank you for shining on light on this tragedy ~ powerful images. Shame on Kodak for their apologist comments and for bending a knee to Communist China.
"China is a country where so many products are manufactured. It’s a country that the whole world has business and diplomatic relations with. And they are trying to re-engineer and disappear a people and their culture. I hope to bring light to this and what kind of a regime this is. "
We American consumers can all do our part to stop this human tragedy by shunning products made in China ~ especially American brands who ignore the efforts to disappear a culture by Communist China.
Did you hear Nike and LeBron James' and the NBA, and MLB and the NFL and Woka-Cola and Kodak's full-throated condemnations of these atrocities against the Uyghur in China? I didn't. Neither did anyone else.
Shame on us.
Shame on us for drinking on deciliter of Coke.
Shame on us for watching one second of MLB, NBA, NFL and for buying their merch.
Shame on us for watching one frame of John Cena et al and FF9 and every other Hollywood property cleansed, purged and whitewashed of anything offensive to the CCP, lest its gazillion dollar market be disrupted.
Shame on us for selling out the Uyghur and our own souls for cheap, mediocre crap from China.
The shame is on us.
It's heartening to see the NBA, Apple, Facebook, Amazon, etc. speaking out on these atrocities. Oh, wait!
Thanks for the interview and for the photos! The world said "Never again" after the Holocaust, but somehow, atrocities keep recurring. The US and the Europeans should be taking a stronger stand against China over this and the crushing of Hong Kong, but both are preoccupied with local politics and obsessing over the pandemic. Even more surprising, not a word from the Muslim World. I grew up during the second half of the Cold War and sadly find myself more pessimistic now than I was then.
I think this is an important topic. The genocide in China is of critical importance to the world. But this same censorship is occurring here in the states. That’s the standout story. It’s not incredible that China does this. But it is incredible when a private company censors on behalf of the US Government. I explore you to spend more time examining and exposing the rising totalitarian actions here in our own country. How does America leverage a moral stance, that freedom of expression and liberty are inalienable rights while the same abusing arise from our own government? While I feel sympathy for these poor Muslims, I feel more concerned for my children’s welfare here in America.
Quite honestly, I don’t care about the Uighurs. What I do care about is the complete shutdown of info regarding those Americans held without bond in solitary confinement suffering abuse who have been charged with MISDEMEANORS regarding entering the People’s House and scaring pelosi and AOC and who aren’t getting a speedy trial. I care there don’t seem to be any judges in the DC circuit following the law. I care that the role of the FBI is hidden. THAT is more CCP and it’s HERE.
Thank you for high lighting these small brave voices. Shame on Kodak and the avaricious multi nationals. Honor and virtue is much more important then profit.
I also agree that the Communist Chinese government is a terrorist organization and that major American corporations as well as the movie and sports industries bow to Chinese money. However, it is difficult for me to feel pity and sympathy for a Muslim minority in any country. In many cases there is no room for any minority in a Muslim country. In general, Muslims of whatever nationality do not believe that there should be an Israel and are generally anti-Semitic. Interesting how this doesn’t seem to bother Sarsour, Tlaiib, Omar,AOC or Farrakhan. Just saying.
"It’s true there were a lot of incidents in the past twenty years, and the area needs to be safer ... "
What were these incidents? This was such an important and pellucid piece of work -- by principle, that it bothers and concerns me to find this one upwelling of obfuscation is in it. What were these incidents?
Money over morals. A tale of our times but a timeless tale as well.
The Lapdog UN should be closed and China shunned by capitalist countries ....not a peep from the Diplomates. Disgraceful. Tibet is next. The world will look away.
As always, so informative. Thank you for reporting on such important stories. I look forward to every single one!
Look at the companies named here--Kodak (NYSE KODK), Apple (NASDAQ AAPL), Airbnb (NASDAQ ABNB)--and you quickly get the picture that these are mainly publicly-traded entities. Who owns them? The people who own their stock do. Who are those owners? They are widely diffused through investment firms, mutual fund companies, pension funds, etc. A large part of it ultimately comes down to people like you and me who are investing for retirement. We have expectations for portfolio growth and it troubles us when those expectations are not met. And I think that is a large part of the reason why companies that are little more than pass-through mechanisms for money are unlikely to behave with moral centering. It is also a source of China's power, because its ability to shut off access to its consumer market would leave many of us in an unpleasant situation.
Hmmm. I wonder if certain other political stories, slogans, or messaging -- captured in photography -- is allowed on Kodak's Insta account? I don't know. I don't follow it. Nor do I have any Zuck apps on my devices.
Thank you for this column. Please be careful about repeating statements like "plus, Russia is a paradise for a documentary photographer." The NSA/CIA/FBI probably already taps your phone, email, text messages, etc., but that line probably got them more incensed than they already are about your column.
Our time is vain enough to judge the past in terms of the present. And judge mercilessly. Some of us even believe in cliches like "the right side of history" as a way of self-validation.
And I wonder: What will the future think of us? Will Xinjiang compromise all our judgment in future minds? Will some of our contemporay heroes be seen to distant future eyes as we see slave owners and colonizers now?