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.
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“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”.
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.”