Huang Qingjun’s intimate portraits of Chinese families – Family Stuff

Huang Qingjun – Family Stuff, Mongolian Batu Aoqier and his wife, AoYong Qimuge, are standing in front of their yurt, Inner Mongolia, 2007
Huang Qingjun – Family Stuff, Mongolian Batu Aoqier and his wife, AoYong Qimuge, are standing in front of their yurt, Inner Mongolia, 2007

Introduction

Normally, life is viewed from the perspective of people as they appear in public. It is not unusual to come across a rich-looking individual only to realize that their background or where they call home is not as lavish. When what we consider to be normal is transformed inside out, then a whole new dynamism of sights emerges.

When Huang Qingjun took his first family picture of such nature in 2003, it would be the beginning of a new view in photography. Together with Ma Hongjie, they have for 10 years now been capturing scenes of life in its fragility.

Huang Qingjun – Family Stuff
Huang Qingjun – Family Stuff
Huang Qingjun – Family Stuff
Huang Qingjun – Family Stuff
Huang Qingjun – Family Stuff
Huang Qingjun – Family Stuff, Yang Liu, Beijing, 2014
Huang Qingjun – Family Stuff
Huang Qingjun – Family Stuff
Huang Qingjun – Family Stuff
Huang Qingjun – Family Stuff
Huang Qingjun – Family Stuff
Huang Qingjun – Family Stuff

These pictures aim to unwrap the essence of life

China is a big economy competing on the global front with countries such as the US, UK, and Japan. These pictures aim to unwrap the essence of life as it is for the ordinary Chinese family, a display of the conditions under which they survive. These pictures allow people to see beyond the walls behind which people live and, in so doing, show the interaction between people and that which they own.

Huang Qingjun – Family Stuff
Huang Qingjun – Family Stuff
Huang Qingjun – Family Stuff, 40-year-old artist Wenjue He, Beijing
Huang Qingjun – Family Stuff, 40-year-old artist Wenjue He, Beijing
Huang Qingjun – Family Stuff
Huang Qingjun – Family Stuff
Huang Qingjun – Family Stuff
Huang Qingjun – Family Stuff
Huang Qingjun – Family Stuff, Huang Xufeng and Liu Yuhong; Heilongjiang Province, 2009
Huang Qingjun – Family Stuff, Huang Xufeng and Liu Yuhong; Heilongjiang Province, 2009
Huang Qingjun – Family Stuff
Huang Qingjun – Family Stuff, Jin Kuiji and Chen Youzhen; Zhejiang Province, 2011

Chinese families & their belongings

It takes a great deal of persuasion to convince people that might never have their photograph taken before to carry all their possessions to the front of the house and pose for a picture. While it is given that different people will have different paths to follow in life, these pictures show the extent to which human existence is interwoven.

At first, it may appear that the pictures are aimed at displaying the social-economic empowerment of various classes of people. Well, to some extent, they do. Those who work in urban centers use and require different gadgets as compared to their counterparts in the rural areas.

In a broader sense, the pictures reveal the baseline of human existence today. Almost every homestead has a television set, mobile phone, and utensils, regardless of how different they may appear to be.

Huang Qingjun – Family Stuff
Huang Qingjun – Family Stuff
Huang Qingjun – Family Stuff
Huang Qingjun – Family Stuff
Huang Qingjun – Family Stuff
Huang Qingjun – Family Stuff
Huang Qingjun – Family Stuff
Huang Qingjun – Family Stuff
Huang Qingjun – Family Stuff
Huang Qingjun – Family Stuff
Huang Qingjun – Family Stuff
Huang Qingjun – Family Stuff

These pictures will be pieces of history

When Huang Quingjun and Ma Hongjie decided to do a joint project in 2003, they knew that it would take time. Since then, they have held a couple of exhibitions, showing the results of their collaboration. The economic situation in China is definitely time-bound, and this is the beauty that makes this project such a unique venture because, in time, the pictures will be pieces of history.

Huang Qingjun – Family Stuff
Huang Qingjun – Family Stuff
Huang Qingjun – Family Stuff
Huang Qingjun – Family Stuff
Huang Qingjun – Family Stuff, 26 year-old Li Nian, Beijing
Huang Qingjun – Family Stuff, 26 year-old Li Nian, Beijing
Huang Qingjun – Family Stuff, 28 year-old Huang Jianguang, Rongshui, Miao Autonomous County, Liuzhou, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region
Huang Qingjun – Family Stuff, 28 year-old Huang Jianguang, Rongshui, Miao Autonomous County, Liuzhou, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region
Huang Qingjun – Family Stuff, 28 year-old Mahmoodjan and his wife, Kashgar, Xinjiang.
Huang Qingjun – Family Stuff, 28 year-old Mahmoodjan and his wife, Kashgar, Xinjiang.

Conclusion

Family Stuff owing to the professional background of the artists behind it is considered not only an artwork but also a journalistic piece that bears a story. Like any news item, it takes time, up to several months, to prepare a location of a picture. Still, the result is compelling, which will no doubt be appreciated by future generations.

Huang Qingjun – Family Stuff, 43 year-old Farmer Lu Qunzhi, Baisha Village, Lijiang, Yunnan province
Huang Qingjun – Family Stuff, 43 year-old Farmer Lu Qunzhi, Baisha Village, Lijiang, Yunnan province
Huang Qingjun – Family Stuff, 48 year-old Mao Hongwei, Yuanling, Tonglu County, Hangzhou, Zhejiang province
Huang Qingjun – Family Stuff, 48 year-old Mao Hongwei, Yuanling, Tonglu County, Hangzhou, Zhejiang province
Huang Qingjun – Family Stuff, 66-year-old Hao Yanhua, Dong Fang Hong, northeastern Chinese province of Heilongjiang.
Huang Qingjun – Family Stuff, 66-year-old Hao Yanhua, Dong Fang Hong, northeastern Chinese province of Heilongjiang.
Huang Qingjun – Family Stuff, Aer Yingming (34), Yunnan Province
Huang Qingjun – Family Stuff, Aer Yingming (34), Yunnan Province
Huang Qingjun – Family Stuff, Gyatsoling Rinpoche, a 25-year-old Tibetan monk, Pinto Lin Temple in Changdu, Tibet
Huang Qingjun – Family Stuff, Gyatsoling Rinpoche, a 25-year-old Tibetan monk, Pinto Lin Temple in Changdu, Tibet
Huang Qingjun – Family Stuff, Jia Yuhao and Lu Xuefeng, Lhasa, Xizang province
Huang Qingjun – Family Stuff, Jia Yuhao and Lu Xuefeng, Lhasa, Xizang province
Huang Qingjun – Family Stuff, Liu Chunxiao, Ji’an County, Tonghua, Jilin province, near the border of China and North Korea
Huang Qingjun – Family Stuff, Liu Chunxiao, Ji’an County, Tonghua, Jilin province, near the border of China and North Korea
Huang Qingjun – Family Stuff, Liu Jun (33), Mongolia. Every spring and fall he returns to his parents.
Huang Qingjun – Family Stuff, Liu Jun (33), Mongolia
Huang Qingjun – Family Stuff, Liu Manfu, Hebei Province, 2014
Huang Qingjun – Family Stuff, Liu Manfu, Hebei Province, 2014
Huang Qingjun – Family Stuff, Sun Bin, Zhejiang Province
Huang Qingjun – Family Stuff, Sun Bin, Zhejiang Province
Huang Qingjun – Family Stuff, The Uyghur Ayixianguli, Mierkamili and their two children, Kashgar, in autonomous Uyghur region of Xinjiang
Huang Qingjun – Family Stuff, The Uyghur Ayixianguli, Mierkamili and their two children, Kashgar, in autonomous Uyghur region of Xinjiang
Huang Qingjun – Family Stuff, Wang Liping, Li Yinzhen, and Wang Xianggui; Guangdong Province, 2011
Huang Qingjun – Family Stuff, Wang Liping, Li Yinzhen, and Wang Xianggui; Guangdong Province, 2011
Huang Qingjun – Family Stuff, Wang Yafeng (28), Heilong-Jiang Province
Huang Qingjun – Family Stuff, Wang Yafeng (28), Heilong-Jiang Province
Huang Qingjun – Family Stuff, Zhang Boya (28), Beijing
Huang Qingjun – Family Stuff, Zhang Boya (28), from Chaoyang Park, in Beijing

All images by Huang Qingjun unless otherwise noted.

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