“600 Million Farmers” is an intimate portrait of a typical farming village in China’s southern most province, Guangdong.

The project was shot in black and white, 35mm and 6×6 medium format, between 1999-2004, using a Hasselblad 500c and hand-printed in Hong Kong by Marcus Oleniuk and Simon Wan.

Below are samples of some of the 6×6 portraits.

The village community was typical of that inhabited by China’s 600 million rural farmers; poor and undeveloped, the farmers complained of being left behind during the country’s economic surge. Most of the young had left the village to work in the factories where they could earn over eight times that the farmers received.

The project won a prize in the FCC Human Rights Press Awards and featured in “The Australian” newspaper’s week-end magazine.