Wu Yong Fu, Zeng Xian Fang, and Daniel Traub: Little North Road – Africa in China

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Little North Road is a photographic collaboration that looks at a pedestrian bridge in the middle of Guangzhou. The bridge serves as a symbolic gateway into China from Africa. At the heart of this project is a selection of images collected from two Chinese itinerant portrait photographers, Wu Yong Fu and Zeng Xian Fang. Equipped with digital cameras, they have made a living making portraits for Africans and other groups who wanted a memento of their time in China. Daniel Traub’s photographs on the bridge and surrounding area provide a context through which to see these portraits.

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Daniel Traub is a Brooklyn-based photographer and filmmaker. His photographs have been exhibited internationally, including solo exhibitions at the Catherine Edelman Gallery in Chicago and the Print Center in Philadelphia, and are in public and private collections, including the Margulies Collection at the WAREhOUSE and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. His work has appeared in publications such as The New York Times Magazine and Aperture. More of his work can seen at danieltraub.net and itinerantpictures.com.
Wu Yong Fu (b. 1979) has lived in Guangzhou for nearly fifteen years. Originally from Jiangxi Province he left his home in search of opportunity. After working for some years in the aluminum industry, he began to make a living taking souvenir photographs for tourists in Zong Xin Square. From 2009-2011, he applied his photographic skills to making portraits for the many Africans he encountered on the pedestrian bridge in the Xiaobeilu area. While he longer takes photographs, he continues to live and work in the same area.

Zeng Xian Fang has lived in Guangzhou with his wife, two children and extended family since 2009. Originally from Hunan province, he migrated to Guangzhou in search of work. Through his sister-in-law (Wu Yong Fu’s ex-wife), he learned to take photographs and began earning a living making portraits for Africans on the pedestrian bridge in the Xiaobeilu area in late 2009. He continues to work there along with his extended family.

Additional information

title

Little North Road – Africa in China

photographer

Wu Yong Fu, Zeng Xian Fang, and Daniel Traub

text

Essays by Barbara Pollack, Roberto Castillo, Robert Pledge and Daniel Traub

design

Ed. by Daniel Traub and Robert Pledge

publisher

Kehrer

ISBN

9783868286298

year

2015

binding

softcover in plastic jacket

size

28×21.5 cm

pages

117

illustrations

117 colour plates

language

English

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