Realistic Independent Documentary: Four Springs


Four Springs




With the advancement of science and technology, photography has evolved from heavy technology to light equipment, allowing it to become more accessible to the general public. Therefore, the documentary may be separated from professional media organizations and transformed into a personal action. As a result, independent documentaries started to emerge. This is based on the bottom of society and focuses on the viewpoint of young people, who can actually reconstruct society. “Four Springs” is regarded as one of China’s most outstanding works in the field of independent documentary.


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