Gilles Sabrié August 5, 2011Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in China.
From the Series “Mingongs” Beijing 2005
Gilles Sabrié (b. 1964, France) is an independent photographer based in Beijing. After years working in television, he switched careers to embrace documentary photography. Since then, he has focused on documenting social changes in China where he settled three years ago. Besides documenting major events such as the Beijing Olympics, and the Sichuan earthquake, Gilles has produced several stories such as 175 Meters (about the Three Gorges Dam) and the traveling opera. He has contributed to National Geographic’s “Inside China”, “9 days in the Kingdom” celebrating Thailand, and is the author of the web documentary Zhang, une jeunesse Chinoise for the French broadcaster France 5. His work has been published in The New York Times, Newsweek, Time, Focus and L’Espresso. He is a regular contributor to the French daily Libération and runs a photo blog Un oeil sur la Chine.
About the Photograph:
“This picture is part of a series I did on the migrant-workers, the millions of people who migrate each year from the impoverished Chinese countryside to urban centers in search of a better life. The image was taken in a phone shop in a suburb of Beijing where low rent shacks are home to hundreds of them. A group of migrant workers on the phone and lining up to call relatives back home hundreds of miles away, where perhaps they will return to visit once a year at most.”