From the Terminal Station, Guangzhou 1997
During the 1990's Chinese migrants poured into big cities like an avalanche in pursuit of better life. Guangzhou, where I lived then on business, was the most typical city about the phenomenon. The area in and around the terminal station was always incredibly crowded with tens of thousands of people. Besides, a huge number of people stayed in the station square until they would get jobs in the city. We could see everything about life, that is, cooking, washing, sleeping, selling, buying , gambling, quarreling, fighting and just surviving on the street. Although it looked chaotic, I was often overwhelmed by their life force and some kind of dignity in spite of their poverty. It was a journey to discovering the diversity of people and the starting point of my photography. After returning to Japan, the project was awarded a prize in the 7th "New Cosmos of Photography".
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