Guariglia, Justin

American (1974-)

Inspired by Eddie Adams and trained in Adams’ workshop, Justin Guariglia has traveled and lived around the globe, in places as varied as Venice, Beijing, Hong Kong and Shanghai. He covered China for the New York Times from 1999 through 2004 and now regularly contributes to Smithsonian and National Geographic Traveler magazines. He is fascinated by the juxtaposition of the old and the new that he encounters as he explores cities across Asia.

For a recent exhibit, “Shaolin: Temple of Zen,” Guariglia gained access to a 1500-year-old Buddhist temple. Heavily guarded, the temple is still home to Zen Buddhist monks who train in and practice martial arts. The first photographer ever allowed within the walls, Guariglia was able to capture stunning portraits of these men preserving ancient practices and customs. A follow-up project, “Planet Shanghai,” explores the back alley communal living quarters of Chinese street people and how these individuals grapple with the modernization of a changing cityscape.