PHOTOS: Guangzhou's Fading African District

By Jocelyn Richards, April 27, 2016

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Wu Yong Fu never expected his photos would serve as a record of Guangzhou’s African neighborhood in its prime. When he began snapping portraits along a bridge in Xiaobei in 2009, Wu was merely making a living as a migrant from Jiangxi, taking photos on behalf of passersby just as he had done at countless other tourist sites around China. 

During his time in Guangzhou, however, Wu found a reason to stay. After passing him on the bridge day after day, a few African residents approached Wu and offered him a commission in exchange for a set of portraits that could serve as a memento of their time in China. Wu agreed, and before long, his business flourished.

The following is a collection (as featured in the original Quartz article) of Wu’s images as well as those taken by Zeng Xian Fang – a newcomer to the bridge that also photographs Xiaobei residents and tourists. 

As the number of Africans in Guangzhou dwindles due to political and economic reasons, these portraits serve as an important record of cross-cultural exchange at its height in South China. 

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[Images via Quartz]

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