Alex NG’s Photo-Series of Life in China During the 1980s

Prairie, Hohhot, Inner Mongolia, 1984. (Photographer: Alex NG)
Prairie, Hohhot, Inner Mongolia, 1984. (Photographer: Alex NG)

Alex NG is a Hong Kong-based photographer born in the ’60s. He studied journalism in the 1980s, and would travel to Mainland China by rail taking photographs on slide film. Years later, he was looking through an old box of slides and came across this series below, which he decided to turn into an exhibition.

Alex NG says:

The quality of photos shot on slide film gives such a wonderful feeling of nostalgia and it’s a fascinating look into a 1980’s China.

Jinan Station Waiting Room, Jinan, 1984 (Photographer: Alex NG)

Jinan station waiting room, Jinan, 1984 (Photographer: Alex NG)

Street Of Xuanwu Gate, Beijing, 1985. (Photographer: Alex NG)

Street of Xuanwu Gate, Beijing, 1985. (Photographer: Alex NG)

Imperial Tombs Of Song Dynasty, Gong County, 1984. (Photographer: Alex NG)

Imperial Tombs of Song Dynasty, Gong County, 1984. (Photographer: Alex NG)

Manchuria Railway From Late Qing Dynasty, Dalian, 1985. (Photographer: Alex NG)

Manchuria Railway from late Qing Dynasty, Dalian, 1985. (Photographer: Alex NG)

Elderly Couples Selling Fritters, Suzhou, 1984. (Photographer: Alex NG)

Elderly couples selling fritters, Suzhou, 1984. (Photographer: Alex NG)

Old Dragonhead, The East Tip Of The Great Wall, 1985. (Photographer: Alex NG)

Old Dragonhead, the east tip of the Great Wall, 1985. (Photographer: Alex NG)

Bell Tower, Xi’an, 1984. (Photographer: Alex NG)

Bell Tower, Xi’an, 1984. (Photographer: Alex NG)

Marble Boat At Summer Palace, Beijing, 1985. (Photographer: Alex NG)

Marble boat at Summer Palace, Beijing, 1985. (Photographer: Alex NG)

Trolleybus In Front Of The National Art Museum, Beijing, 1987. (Photographer: Alex NG)

Trolleybus in front of the National Art Museum, Beijing, 1987. (Photographer: Alex NG)

Shaolin Monk, Songshan, 1984. (Photographer: Alex NG)

Shaolin Monk, Songshan, 1984. (Photographer: Alex NG)

“Three Ponds Mirroring The Moon”, West Lake, Hangzhou, 1984. (Photographer: Alex NG)

‘Three Ponds Mirroring the Moon,’ West Lake, Hangzhou, 1984. (Photographer: Alex NG)

Suzhou Ancient Grand Canal, Suzhou, 1984. (Photographer: Alex NG)

Suzhou ancient Grand Canal, Suzhou, 1984. (Photographer: Alex NG)

Suzhou Water Town, Suzhou, 1984. (Photographer: Alex NG)

Suzhou Water Town, Suzhou, 1984. (Photographer: Alex NG)

Baotu Spring, Jinan, 1984. (Photographer: Alex NG)

Baotu Spring, Jinan, 1984. (Photographer: Alex NG)

Port Of Dalian, Dalian, 1985. (Photographer: Alex NG)

Port of Dalian, Dalian, 1985. (Photographer: Alex NG)

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