From the Terminal Station, Guangzhou 1997
During the 1990's Chinese peasants were pouring into big cities like an avalanche in pursuit of better life. Guangzhou, where I was living then on business, was the most typical city about the phenomenon in China.
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 living there on the street.
It looked chaotic but I was often overwhelmed by their life force and some kind of dignity in spite of the poverty.
It was a trip for 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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