Last week, I was extremely honoured to be invited to The National Railway Museum for the launch of their latest photography exhibition; One Billion Journeys by Wang Fuchun. I obviously was delighted to head over to York for the evening with Stefan to see what it was all about. The National Railway Museum is such an iconic attraction in Yorkshire so be hosted for the evening and get a sneak peek at the new exhibition which is running until August 11th was an absolute honour.
After a little bit of mingling, canapes, champagne and just the general excitement of being in the National Railway Museum after hours, we actually were treated to a special Q&A with the man of the moment; Wang Fuchun. The One Billion Journeys exhibition is a snapshot of his forty years on the Chinese Railway capturing the daily experiences of people on the trains. It’s amazing how Wang has been doing this for over four decades and you could just see how much he still adores the railways and photography.
It was a great insight to hear from the man himself who spoke openly about how he manages to capture everyday life on the trains. It sometimes can be a struggle as you can imagine as some people aren’t so welcoming having a strange poke a camera about but he did call himself a professional thief. Stealing moments from people’s journeys and capturing it on film. He also spoke about his favourite journeys been the longer ones as people start to really open up and it makes for some special candid moments.
After the Q&A it was time to get an exclusive look at the exhibition. It’s actually so fascinating to see the exhibition and Wang Fuchun’s 45 black and white portraits as there’s so much to be captured on these journeys. You really can get an intimate and immersive look into people’s relationships and even how the railways have developed and changed through the decades. There were a few sets of photos which really highlighted the change in society, mainly the fact that more and more images showed people immersed in their phones instead of each other.
I did take quite a fair few photos of the gallery but I don’t want to share too much as I think you should pop along and see it all for yourselves. It’s really worth a visit and one of the best things about visiting The National Railway Museum aside from seeing some pretty cool trains is that it’s free! The Museum is not too far from York Station and it’s a must do if you are in the city. As I said before, this exhibition is running throughout Summer until August 11th. It wasn’t my usual sort of blogging event but I’m so glad I got this opportunity and I’m really honoured to have been able to be on of the first people to see the exhibition and in the presence of Wang Fuchun too. A massive thank you to The National Railway Museum for having me, I’m hoping to be back soon for another visit!
Have you been to the National Railway Museum before?
*This post has been sponsored by The National Railway Museum but all thoughts and opinions are my own.