Did you hear the news?
Fifteen Chinese children have to get to school in very dangerous conditions in the Atuler village located in China? They have to make a trek through a mountainous landscape to get to school and they climb down a very unstable ladder made of bamboo.
Besides this captivating story, I had to wonder about the photographer. These shots are beyond traditional newspaper quality photos. So, I decided to do some digging and found out that the photographer for this story is actually Chen Jie. Not the journalist, but an award-winning news photographer for Beijing who did an amazing job capturing this story. You can see the difficulties associated with going up and down 800 meters on this mountain through his photos. His photos also inspired change. By scoping out three different newspapers, I managed to gather that his photos showcased the need for a more safe and sturdy way to get to school for the children, as well as a way for other villagers to trade by using the same route to reach larger villages.
I was mesmerized that he followed this story thoroughly and how he managed to get these angles.
He would have had to climb the ladder as well, and position himself in a such a way to capture the children and their adverse trek.
To get an idea of angles and how he goes the extra mile, check out his previous work here , where he photographed the 2008 earthquake in central China.
News, media, and other sources should always invest in great photographers. It always contributes to the overall story line.