Beijing in Black and White

Life in a frame – a photo essay by Siok Siok Tan

Editor’s note: We're proud to present a selection of a dozen photographs by the talented Siok Siok Tan, a Beijing resident who took a picture of hutong life every day for a year. Check out her Instagram and her website for much more like this, or track down a copy of her book of photography People of Beijing (人在北京). We hope these snapshots of life bring out the human side of China’s capital and the residents who bring everyday joy, activity and struggle to its streets.  Alec Ash


Badlands of Xinjiang

A photo essay from China’s far west – Patrick Wack

In Chinese, Xinjiang means “new territory.” Chinese officials have been stationed there for millennia, and the region was ruled by the Qing dynasty since the 18th century, before becoming a province of the People’s Republic of China in 1949, but it has always held a different identity on the fringe of China, populated by Uighurs and other ethnic minorities. There’s even a special word, túntián (屯田), for the Han Chinese strategy of making Xinjiang “Chinese” by encouraging Chinese people to live there. It takes a unique person to find desert landscapes beautiful, and not to be overwhelmed by their loneliness.