Traditionally, many Chinese believe that it is up to a person’s descendants to provide for them in their afterlife by burning paper offerings – a practice banned but tolerated in China. In the last 50 years, elaborate items have been made into paper offerings. Some see them as compensation for what a person never had during his lifetime, while many consider them a reflection of the values of the living and the society.
About the Artist
Kurt Tong, born 1977 in Hong Kong, was trained as a health visitor at the University of Liverpool. He has worked and travelled extensively across Europe, the Americas and Asia. Kurt became a full-time photographer in 2003 and was the winner of the Luis Valtuena International Humanitarian Photography Award and the City of Port St. Elpidio Prize with his first picture story. He gained a Masters in documentary photography at the London College of Communications in 2006 and was chosen as the winner of Photograph.Book.Now editorial winner, the Hey, Hot Shot! competition and the prestigious Jerwood Photography Award. Kurt’s photographs have been widely exhibited around the world at venues including Impressions Gallery, The Royal Academy, Abbaye de Neumunster, Fotofest in Houston and solo shows at Photofusion and Compton Verney.