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    Migrant workers wait for a boat at Wushan wharf, about 350 km up from the Three Gorges Dam site . ©RichardJonesPhoto/Sinopix
  • A boats moves down the Three A barge passes along the Xiling Gorge Gorges Gorge of the Yangtze before flooding, in 2001. ©RichardJonesPhoto/Sinopix

    A barge passes along the Xiling Gorge of the Yangtze River in 2010, when the Three Gorges Dam was full. The Xiling Gorge, was one of the the narrow and fast flowing "Three Gorges" that were partially lost to make way for the Dam, opening up central China to ocean going shipping. ©RichardJonesPhoto/Sinopix
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    Farmers block a road, south of Chongqing, Sichuan Province. The farmers were complaining about police corruption and failure to pay compensation for land taken from them by the local government related to the Three Gorges Dam Project. ©RichardJonesPhoto/Sinopix
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    The 1700 year old Zhang Fei Temple. The temple was moved, brick-by-brick, above the 175 meter water mark. ©RichardJonesPhoto/Sinopix
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    Chong Qing port on the Yangtze River at the end of the 450 km long ribbon lake. ©RichardJonesPhoto/Sinopix
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    Ferry passengers as they pass The Three Gorges Dam under cosntruction. ©RichardJonesPhoto/Sinopix
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    A worker rests by the side of a lock during construction at the Sandouping site. ©RichardJonesPhoto/Sinopix
  • The Three Gorges Dam, was the largest constrcuction site in the world. ©RichardJonesPhoto/Sinopix
  • The Three Gorges Dam, was the largest constrcuction site in the world.©RichardJonesPhoto/Sinopix
  • Workers are moved by a crane at the Three Gorges Dam, constrcuction site. ©RichardJonesPhoto/Sinopix
  • Workers are moved by a crane at the Three Gorges Dam, constrcuction site. ©RichardJonesPhoto/Sinopix
  • Workers construct a turbine at the Three Gorges Dam, constrcuction site. ©RichardJonesPhoto/Sinopix
  • The 200 meter high dam wall at the constrcuction site. ©RichardJonesPhoto/Sinopix
  • Safety standards are low at the Three Gorges Dam constrcuction site. ©RichardJonesPhoto/Sinopix
  • Sogns tower over Wushan, indicating the height of the Dam. ©RichardJonesPhoto/Sinopix
  • A man moves his cabinets at Badong. ©RichardJonesPhoto/Sinopix
  • Residents are forced to evacuate with their belongings at Yun Yang, 2000. ©RichardJonesPhoto/Sinopix
  • The 1700 year old town of Dachang is destroyed before it is flooded. ©RichardJonesPhoto/Sinopix
  • The 1700 year old town of Dachang is destroyed before it is flooded. ©RichardJonesPhoto/Sinopix
  • A grandfather stares as his village is destroyed to make way for the Dam, Badong. ©RichardJonesPhoto/Sinopix
  • Cracks in the roads and houses appear caused by mini-earthquakes in many towns. ©RichardJonesPhoto/Sinopix
  • Cracks in the roads and houses appear caused by mini-earthquakes in many towns, such as Datong. ©RichardJonesPhoto/Sinop
  • The traditional ways of life were flushed away when the water inundated the old towns and wharf-sides. ©RichardJonesPhoto/Sinopix
  • An ex-fisherman poses close to his old house in front of the partially flooded ribon-lake at Wushan. ©RichardJonesPhoto/Sinopix
  • Tourists at the Dam site take photographs. ©RichardJonesPhoto/Sinopix
  • A new bridge strtches over the Yangtze ribbon lake at Enshi City, Hubei. ©RichardJonesPhoto/Sinopix
  • The completed Three Gorges Dam. ©RichardJonesPhoto/Sinopix
  • A boat waits to enter the lock of the Three Gorges Dam. ©RichardJonesPhoto/Sinopix
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800 Million Farmers was a long term photo-essay that foccused upon a single farming village in Guangdong Province, southern China between 1999 -2003.

Despite the Province being described as the powerhouse for Chinese economic growth and cited as the most properous Chinese Province the farmers lived in the most rudimentary fashion.

They tilled the land using wooden ploughs and oxen, drew water from a well and washed their closthes in the village pond. Electricity was a luxury and the elderly worked in the fields until they were physically unable. There was virtually no social care.

The farmers were harrassed by officials, often related to the enforcement of the One Child Policy, or due to heavy government taxes upon the food that they grew.

A common practice, especially among young women, was to commit suicide by drinking insecticide. The grandfather of one motherless children told me, after several visits, that his daughter-in-law had died from the poison.

Despite the hardship, the farmers, all believed that better days were ahead, since they had seen far worse days in their past when there was not enough food.

The project was shot with a mix of 35 mm film and a Hasselblad 500c and hand printed.