Chinese People on the Train (1993-1996)
By Wang Fuchun
Lanzhou-Urumchi, 1993 [China.org.cn]
Wang Fuchun was born in 1943 and graduated from Harbin Normal University as a photography major. He is now a member of the World Chinese Photographers Association and the China Photographers Association, and he is vice-president of Harbin Photographers Association. He has produced many thematic works such as "Chinese People on the Train", "Black Land" and "Manchurian Tiger". He won the award of "outstanding Chinese photographer" at the Pingyao International Photography Festival in 2004.
Traveling by train has inflicted torture on many ordinary Chinese people through the limited availability of trains, large volumes of migrant populations, overcrowded carriages, and tainted air. Wang spent decades recording all sorts of unique moments on trains. "Chinese People on the Train" is a metaphor. It symbolizes a transient and congested China where people have no goals and don’t know where they are going. But every passenger has to apply willpower and hard work to complete their odyssey. (curator: Liu Shuyong)
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