Pho­tos cap­tur­ing mother's strug­gle against can­cer win in­ter­na­tional award

Changjiang Weekly - - SOCIETY - By Chen Zhi

The 13th Asian Stu­dents Pho­tog­ra­phy Ex­hi­bi­tion re­leased the award win­ners on Sept. 12. Among over 80,000 works from

30 coun­tries and re­gions, a group of pho­tos ti­tled "Mother," shot by Changjiang Daily jour­nal­ist Zhang Xizhi, was se­lected to win the RMB

20,000 spe­cial award, an award estab­lished for the first time in the com­pe­ti­tion.

Zhang's mother was di­ag­nosed with lung ade­no­car­ci­noma in Fe­bru­ary

2014. In that year, Zhang grad­u­ated from univer­sity and passed the en­trance ex­am­i­na­tion for grad­u­ate stud­ies. To take care of his sick mother, he post­poned his en­roll­ment in grad­u­ate stud­ies for two years. While tak­ing care of his mother, he con­tin­ued to take pho­tos of his stoic mother re­ceiv­ing med­i­cal treat­ment. Zhang said, "My ini­tial pur­pose of tak­ing the pho­tos was not for art's sake but for re­liev­ing my mother's dis­ease as well as my worry and anx­i­ety."

Zhang's mother, a photo taken by Zhang

The hair of Zhang's mother lost be­cause of chemo­ther­apy in this photo taken by Zhang

Zhang and his mother

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