Mingong. The Pursuit of Happiness

200 million migrant workers (mingong in Chinese) have moved in search of work from the poor rural areas of China into the cities and industrial centers of the country.
The photo book, about migrant workers in China, took shape during numerous trips between 2005 and 2011. It derives its strength from spending what amount to several years accompanying the people featured in the book. What results are striking images that reveal the dimension of internal migration in China and the realities associated with it. In this book, against the backdrop of harsh living conditions, we encounter insightful portraits into these workers, each with their own goals and dreams.

This work has been supported by the VG Bild-Kunst

Photo Book published by Vice Versa, Berlin 2012