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Capturing the Disappearing Life of Urban Villages in China

Last Updated on 2023/02/12

Analog Images of Ordinary Life in China’s Disappearing Urban Villages

Urban villages in China have been an integral part of the country’s urbanization process, with many of them emerging as a result of the rapid urbanization that has taken place in recent years. These urban villages are densely populated areas with a mix of residential, commercial, and industrial buildings, which often lack the basic amenities and infrastructure found in the rest of the city.

Photographer Dominique Musorrafiti captures the analog images of ordinary life in some Chinese urban villages in Kunming using a Lubitel 166+ camera and Lucky 120 SHD film. The photographs depict scenes of daily life, including people working, children playing, and families spending time together.

These images offer a glimpse into a way of life that is rapidly disappearing as urbanization continues to transform China. As the country continues to develop, many of these urban villages are being demolished to make way for new high-rise buildings and commercial developments. Witnessing these realities is essential to understanding the impact of urbanization on people’s lives and the communities that they are a part of.

The importance of these images lies not only in their aesthetic and documentary value but also in the stories they tell. They show the resilience of people living in these communities, their creativity, and their ability to adapt to changing circumstances. These photographs are a reminder that urbanization should not come at the expense of people’s lives and that preserving the cultural heritage and identity of these communities is critical.

In conclusion, the photographs taken by Dominique Musorrafiti offer a unique insight into the lives of people from urban villages in China. They serve as a reminder of the impact of urbanization on people’s lives and communities and the importance of preserving cultural heritage and identity. These images are a testament to the resilience and creativity of people living in these communities and serve as a call to action to ensure that their voices are heard and their stories are told.

Ordinary life in China – film images

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Analog images of the Kunming suburbia ordinary life

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