Fascinating pictures in the newest Ian Johnson NYT story on China’s urbanization, including these that are part of a government database tracking relocating families. The old home in black and white while the new one in color despite being taken the same day (the clothes are the same!) is a particularly nice modernizing touch.
They leave me with more questions than answers:
- What are the origins of this database?
- Who decided that pictures should be included?
- Does the database only include exterior shots, or is there a depiction of the inside of the houses as well?
- Are there pictures of the legal documents and contracts that changed hands in the database?