- Li Nan's startling images from orphanages, where children have been tied to their chairs, due to lack of staff to care for them.
- Xu Peiwu's images of migrants in urban areas. I enjoyed the twisting arcs of rebar in Large scale demolition of temporary urban housing, 1999 (at right, bottom) and his poignant image of people up in a dark tree watching fireworks over an industrial area.
- Yang Xiaobing's image of students perilously crossing a broken slat bridge to get to school each day.
- Wang Shilong's almost Modernist picture of dark figures sweeping the streets against the backdrop of a bright white wall (Responding to the call for a patriotic hygienic movement, citizens come forth to sweep the streets, 1958, at right, middle).
- Hei Ming's crazy patterns of rice bowls, hung outside a storefront (Iron Rice Bowl Workers' dining hall, 2000, at right, top).
- Liu Yiwei's silhouetted construction worker, walking on the bare spikes of steel of an incomplete overpass, with the traffic rushing by underneath.
Overall, this is a diverse gathering of high quality work, full of juxtapositions of new and old, urban and rural. The dramatic change we have come to associate with China is seen for the first time on the micro level, where anonymous people confront the transformations on a personal basis. While not every image in this show rises to the level of documentary art (and the installation often feels overcrowded), I think this is an important exhibit that merits an investment of time; this is some of the Chinese photography the West has been missing, so make a detour to fill in some gaps in your education.