/ 2016 / Book / Documentary

Peking apartments

  • Prize
    Bronze in Book (Series Only)/Documentary
  • Photographer
    Alexvi Li

The girls you can see in the photos are models temporarily living
and working in Beijing. Most of them come from Eastern Europe or
Russia. Their visa usually limits their stay in China for two or three
months only.
Lots of businesses in China rely on their looks and beauty.From
fashion magazines to online stores, their hair and skin color cater
to the aesthetical standards in China right now. The girls come
and go, one by one on a daily basis, yet amounting to thousands
per year in beijing.
After work they return to their apartments located around the East
Fourth Ring Road outside the center of Beijing. In these crammed
apartments, they share rooms and even beds.Usually 6-8 girls live
in one apartment only have 3 bedrooms. The words and sketches
they scrawl on the walls become another trace of their lives here,
just like the images of their faces left behind