The following selected photos are from the exhibition of photographic works by Zhu Xianmin and Wang Yuwen, entitled Brothers.
Peasants and workers are the most important group in China, and the foundation for the country's survival.
Photographers Zhu Xianmin and Wang Yuwen's parents are all farmers and workers.
Before the age of 17, Zhu had never left the Yellow River, while Wang started as a coal worker at the age of 18.
After picking up the camera, the two each found their calling.
Zhu documented the most important river in China, while Wang Yuwen left his footprints in the coal mines, factories and docks in northeastern China.
Their art creation originated completely from real experiences, and they only took pictures of subjects related to their own destiny, experiences and spirit. They tried their best and never strayed from their original intentions.
Zhu did not take pictures of his father or mother throughout his life, but all the women in his lens were mothers, and all men were fathers.
Similarly, Wang never had the chance to shoot photos of his parents and siblings, but all the people in his pictures were his relatives.
One of the cultural behaviors in the world today is finding oneself among the other. But Zhu and Wang look for themselves in their most familiar places.
The objects of their photographs are the real people and the lives they are familiar with since childhood, the exact things sharing their same quality of humanity.
Their photographs contain the secrets of Chinese peasants and workers in the second half of the 20th century and early 21st century. These faces deserve our respect, understanding and concern for our fellow men.
Zhu and Wang's photos are classic examples of documentary photography. Years later, these images will also become precious documents to narrate history.
However these two photographers, who only recognize themselves as special workers, think that their work can neither awaken nor persuade the masses. At most, they say, they will leave behind some evidence of people’s lives in the Yellow River basin and in the northeastern industrial area.
The year 2018 marks the 40th anniversary of China’s reform and opening-up. Forty years of changes cannot be expressed in words.
Zhu and Wang's photos document the most important historical changes in China and record the lives of the two "brothers" cohorts for the past several decades.