fredag 3. mars 2023

Wang Yuwen, Chronicler of China’s Workers, Has Passed Away

Renowned photographer Wang Yuwen, who captured generations of northeastern China’s working class amid rapid industrial transformation, passed away last Saturday, according to the China Photographers Association. He was 75. Wang was born in 1948 into a family of miners in the northeastern Liaoning province, an industrial base that the country relied on since the founding of the People’s Republic of China. He found his calling in photography after using his sister’s camera, a brand named Happiness, which at the time cost five yuan.

Starting in 1966, Wang borrowed the camera to record a journey from Beijing to Shanghai. And while working on a farm in 1968 in rural Liaoning, he learned his tradecraft from some senior photographers, and later attended a photography workshop at a local exhibition hall.