DANIEL TRAUB, born 1971, is a New York-based photographer and filmmaker, originally from Philadelphia. Traub, whose mother is Chinese, lived in China from 1998 to 2007, working as a cinematographer on documentary films. He was also engaged in long-term photographic projects, including Simplified Characters, a series of street pictures that explore the vast changes at the beginning of the 21st century in urban China, as well as the series Peripheries, which looks at the landscape at the outskirts of several major Chinese cities. His photographs have been exhibited internationally, including solo exhibitions at the Catherine Edelman Gallery in Chicago, Slought in Philadelphia and the Lianzhou photo festival in China. His work can be found in public and private collections, such as the Margulies Collection at the WAREhOUSE and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. His work has also appeared in publications including Aperture, European Photography and The New York Times Magazine. Traub’s previous monograph, North Philadelphia, was published in 2014 by Kehrer Verlag. More of his work can be seen at danieltraub.net and itinerantpictures.com.
WU YONG FU, born 1979, has lived in Guangzhou since 2003. Originally from Jiangxi Province he left his home in search of opportunity. After working for some years in the aluminum industry, he began to make a living taking souvenir photographs for tourists in Zhongxin Square. From 2009 to 2011, he applied his photographic skills to making portrait mementos for the many Africans and other passersby who commissioned his work in the Xiaobeilu area. While he no longer takes photographs, he continues to live and work in the same district. His son and ex-wife now live in Hunan Province.
ZENG XIAN FANG, born 1980, has lived in Guangzhou with his wife, two children and extended family since 2009. Originally from Hunan Province, he migrated to Guangzhou in search of work. He learned to make photographs and, together with his wife, began producing portraits. He worked on the pedestrian bridge in the Xiaobeilu area from late 2009 until the summer of 2015. Together with his family, he continues to live and work in the vicinity.