A family in Liupanshui, Guizhou province, poses for a group photo. Wang Bangbi's team has taken more than 5,000 family photos for poor villagers in Guizhou since 2012. (LONG DAIBING/CHINA DAILY)
Charity project captures life in the Guizhou countryside
Wang Bangbi, 30, and his classmates have taken more than 5,000 family photos for free in poor villages in Guizhou province since 2012 in the hope of giving those people a memorable experience.
With his team, composed of photography majors from Guizhou Normal University, Wang has visited 16 remote villages in the past five years, taking photos of poor families. For many villagers, it was the first time they had had their photo taken.
Wang is from an impoverished family himself－he was the last one in his class to buy a camera due to financial constraints.
"In 2009, my mom used money that was supposed to be for buying her medicine to buy me a camera worth 12,000 yuan (,750)," he said. "However, I will never have the chance to take a family photo for my family because my mom died two months after she bought me the camera.
"It was so upsetting for me, and it is what gave me the idea of taking pictures for poor families like mine."
In July 2012, Wang contacted several students, who supported his idea and collected 3,300 yuan by working part-time jobs.