China's "Old Hundred Names": how the silent majority lives

Culture, Travel | by Sascha Matuszak
Posted: September 21st, 2011 | Updated: September 22nd, 2011 | Comments
The following pictures are from a project spanning six years and the entire country. The photographers, Huang Qingjun and Ma Hongjie, traveled across China snapping photos of Chinese families in front of their homes, with all of their worldly possessions displayed before them.The photos were shown in several websites, including Xinhua, Netease, QQ and ChinaSmack. We thought the photos were compelling enough for a re-run... It's a beautiful project: blunt and simple, yet deep and full of emotion and meaning. Each photo is a discovery and, taken together, the project contains China in a nutshell. It would have been very interesting if the team had also included the super rich and their possessions, but they chose to focus on "Old Hundred Names" (lǎobǎixìng, 老百姓)—the vast majority of China's population. Check it out.>>>
Slideshow of Chinese families
Slideshow of Chinese families
Slideshow of Chinese families
Slideshow of Chinese families
Slideshow of Chinese families
Slideshow of Chinese families
Slideshow of Chinese families
Slideshow of Chinese families
Slideshow of Chinese families
Slideshow of Chinese families
Slideshow of Chinese families
Slideshow of Chinese families
Another interesting slideshow shows "those left behind," when young people head into the cities for work and leave children and grandparents behind to tend the farm.
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