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An award-winning set of photographs shows a slice of life aboard China’s slow trains and a side of the country forgotten amid the fanfare over high-speed progress.

An award-winning set of photographs shows a slice of life aboard China’s slow trains and a side of the country forgotten amid the fanfare over high-speed progress. -72688134_129918838467267_613080482168848715_n

An award-winning set of photographs shows a slice of life aboard China’s slow trains and a side of the country forgotten amid the fanfare over high-speed progress.⁠

When Qian Haifeng set out to see the country on the cheap, he began photographing his fellow passengers and captured an intimate, sympathetic portrayal of the country’s poor migrant classes.⁠

As China’s new high-speed rail network made headlines around the world, nobody really noticed the old green trains that freight the poor from first-tier cities to the countryside and back again, says Qian. Many of these older locomotives, to this day, lack basic amenities such as air conditioning and heating.⁠

The photographer said the third-class-carriage tables were piled high with sunflower seeds and peanut shells. Some long-distance commuters were trying to sleep, heads propped awkwardly against window frames with a rolled towel or bunched-up T-shirt for a pillow.⁠

Although Qian initially intended to document his nomadism for his own pleasure, his images have won him national and international recognition.⁠ Head to the link in our bio to read more. .⁠
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