From Somewhere to Nowhere. China's Internal Migrants

“Seibert, an experienced Sinophile and tireless chronicler of the country's highs and lows, shoots the travellers and the mapless cities (their expansion defies documentation) for which they strive. It’s a thoughtful, sometimes hopeful masterpiece of stolen moments and stunning portraiture.” Monocle

Shortlisted for the 2009 Kraszna-Krausz Book Awards, London
Selected as one of the most influential Swiss Photo Books since 1927

High-population centers of enormous size are springing up in China with dizzying speed. With them comes an increased demand for migrant workers in the construction sector, factories, and mines. In growth centers like the Pearl River Delta in Southern China, million people have already set out from the underdeveloped provinces to earn their living there. The photographer Andreas Seibert accompanied the workers repeatedly in order to document their everyday lives and their journey to the high-population centers. Their stories are told in a collection of striking photographs that provide a close-up portrait to complement the current discussion of economic growth in China. With its combination of text and images, this volume conveys a unique impression of the scale of this modern migration of peoples.

With texts by Jeff Kingston, Andreas Seibert, Chen Guidi and Wu Chuntao

Design: Integral Lars Müller
19 x 26 cm, 7½ x 10¼ in, 320 pages, 228 illustrations, hardcover (2008)
ISBN 978-3-03778-146-3, English
€40.00 / $55.00 / £40.00