Bei­jing-based pho­tog­ra­ph­er Wang Fuchong has cre­at­ed this series of incred­i­bly vivid images of Chi­nese pas­sen­gers on trains. A rail­road work­er-turned-pho­tog­ra­ph­er, Wang has been doc­u­ment­ing all kinds of unique moments on trains for decades. From steam loco­mo­tives to bul­let trains, he cap­tured the past three decades of changes for Chi­na that are doc­u­ment­ed in Wang’s pho­tographs.

Chinese people on trains

We have already shared with you pho­tos of the peo­ple of Chi­na and their prop­er­ty, but now we will tell you about anoth­er pho­to work that deserves atten­tion.

“Trains are loaded with peo­ple’s hopes and regrets,” said Wang Fachong, 68. “I feel real­ly lucky because I can take pho­tos on trains.” Wang Fachun has many works focused on train trav­el, such as his “Chi­nese on the Train”, “Engines of Chi­na”, “Black Earth” and “Manchuri­an tiger”.
Chinese people on trains
Wang’s con­nec­tion to trains first began decades ago. Influ­enced by his old­er broth­er who worked on the rail­road, Wang also became a rail­road work­er in 1970 after he com­plet­ed his mil­i­tary ser­vice. Due to his great inter­est in the arts, Van was asked to take pho­tographs, which became part of his work dur­ing the 1970s. That is how he got his start in pho­tog­ra­phy. By 1984 Wang was already a pro­fes­sion­al pho­tog­ra­ph­er.

How­ev­er, sud­den changes dur­ing the course of his career did not affect rail­road work. Wang began to record the his­to­ry of the Chi­nese Rail­way by tak­ing pic­tures on the trains. Wang Fuchong takes sev­er­al train jour­neys a month, going up and down the train cars to take pho­tos.

“I love trains, rail­roads and rail­road pas­sen­gers,” Wang said. “When­ev­er I get on a train, I feel cozy, like I’m at home.”

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