After the invention of the camera, photography has been a chief method used to record life realistically. Historical photos enable people to experience the lives of people in the past, enabling us to experience the past through images.
The author of this series of photos is Yu Zhixin, a senior journalist born in 1955. He started to shoot photos in 1979, and most of his works are themed around ordinary people. He focuses on recording common people's labor, lives and folk customs in different periods in a realistic way, and tries to keep these vanishing people and customs alive in his works.
"The photography style I like is to truly reflect those existing in gradually vanishing scenes of common people's life and work," Yu said. "What appeals me most, is the plain and kind humanity of these ordinary people. The greatness contained in the commonplace, and the abundance originating from simplicity, is the most precious thing in life."
Yu has been to many places in China, including Shaanxi, Guizhou and Yunnan provinces, and the different traits of North China and South China have been vividly reflected in his photos, allowing us to see a diversified world.