Sheng Wen Lo captures the “artificial habitats” of polar bears in zoos around the world

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Taiwanese photographer Sheng Wen Lo has photographed polar bears in captivity around the world in an attempt to “shed light on dilemmas concerning captive animals”. Through 26 sites across Europe and China, his ongoing series White Bear focuses on only polar bears in order to give direction to the project and explore the bigger themes Sheng’s proposing. “I am interested in human-animal relationships in different aspects, and captive animal programmes is one them,” he says. “However, this is a complex issue and I wouldn’t want to lean towards saying ’zoos should not exist’, but rather some animals are questionable for captive programmes.”

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