Photographs by Syoin Kajii.
Foil, 2012. 112 pp., color illustrations throughout, 8½x10½".
Situated in north-east China, the city of Harbin is undergoing rapid and relentless development, not unlike many other cities in the country. For the past three years, Japanese photographer and monk Syoin Kajii travelled the region in an attempt to capture the struggle of small local towns simultaneously being demolished and reborn, cityscapes and people subjected to continuous change. Says Kajii, “In that environment I tried to capture the fragile images of the people I met amidst the city’s period of high economic growth.” This photobook vividly captures intimate depictions of people’s strength, serving as witness to a turning point in the city’s history.