Against a backdrop of permanence, water is the reminder that all things pass away, only to reemerge in another form.

Living Yangtze transports us through China, following the primordial river that has nourished a civilization from time immemorial, the Yangtze River. In an era where technology is seen as the answer instead of a tool, wisdom is found in the minimalistic know how and ancient practices of people who continue to live in simple harmony with themselves and the land.

Starting from Shanghai and finishing at the Geladangdong Massif, the source of the Yangtze, Eric travelled over 30,000 kilometers in total, scaled from 0 to 6,000 meters above sea level over 6 long months. With a small, dedicated team in tow, Eric’s focus was on capturing the heartbeat of people and tracing the pulse of the river through their eyes. Eric’s stories, his short poignant films and photographs bring his experiences in China to life, culminating in the multi-media experience that is Living Yangtze.

I WANTED TO PORTRAY PLACES WHERE PEOPLE STILL LIVE IN HARMONY WITH THE YANGTZE, A CRADLE OF CIVILIZATION TO PROTECT.
Eric Valli
WE ARE THRILLED TO COLLABORATE WITH ERIC VALLI ON THIS EXCITING PROJECT, WHICH TELLS THE UPLIFTING STORY OF COMMUNITIES LIVING IN HARMONY WITH THEIR ENVIRONMENT AND THEIR RIVER
Nadja Swarovski