'The Degradation of Villages' Depicts China's Vanishing Villages

By: Rahul Kalvapalle - Sep 12, 2014
References: wangyuanling & featureshoot
The Degradation of Villages is a poignant photo series, captured by Chinese photographer Wang Yuanling, that gives viewers a glimpse into China's vanishing villages before they disappear forever. While contemporary discourse on China always centers around the country's economic boom, this modern transformation has resulted in the largest internal migration in human history, with 160 million Chinese leaving their rural villages for booming urban centers.

Wang's photos are haunting in that they give off a sense of foreboding, as if the vanishing villages will eventually disappear once and for all. Wang says this is disturbing because the village is "the fundamental structure of Chinese society" and "the transformation of the village is source of all problems".