Lu Guang's photographs look like concept art for some dystopian future. But they're actually very modern images of China and Mongolia, where entire towns have been consumed by toxic chemicals, sewage, and grime thanks to industrial waste.

Earlier this month, Guang was awarded the W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography for his series "Pollution in China." These images were taken in various factory towns around China and Mongolia, showing how the byproducts of industry have devastated the regions. Perhaps most remarkable is that these towns are still very much inhabited, with people living and suffering under these apocalyptic conditions.

More images at China Hush. [via Reddit]

Frightening Scenes from China's Pollution Apocalypse

Frightening Scenes from China's Pollution Apocalypse

Frightening Scenes from China's Pollution Apocalypse

Frightening Scenes from China's Pollution Apocalypse

Frightening Scenes from China's Pollution Apocalypse

Frightening Scenes from China's Pollution Apocalypse

Frightening Scenes from China's Pollution Apocalypse

Frightening Scenes from China's Pollution Apocalypse

Frightening Scenes from China's Pollution Apocalypse

Frightening Scenes from China's Pollution Apocalypse