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'Beautiful sides' of two different cultures in photos

By Fu Jing (China Daily)

08:19, May 27, 2013

A vendor prepares and sells bratwurst in Leipzig, Germany. (China Daily / STEVE HUI ZHAO)

With dozens of exhibitions, Chinese photographer Steve Hui Zhao has become famous for showing the smiling faces of ordinary Chinese to the outside world.

But he is more excited about putting happy faces of Chinese and Germans together in a photo exhibition.

"I aimed to show the most beautiful sides of the two cultures and encourage people to understand our similarities," Zhao told China Daily. "In turn, cultural elements can help sustain the two countries’ economic exchanges and trade flow."

Zhao has published a collection of photos of farmers, police, children, the elderly, teachers and businessmen from the two countries. The exhibition opened in March in Beijing and will soon be shown overseas.

Zhao, who was born in the 1960s in Jiangsu province and studied photography in the United States, said every photo in the exhibition was selected to show the similarities between Chinese and Germans.

Each of the images is like a conversation among people from the two countries.

With support from the German government, Zhao immersed himself last summer in the lives of ordinary German people.

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