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Photographer Seeks to Pay Homage to Last Women Footbinders of China

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Photographer Jo Farrell is on a quest to capture the everyday lives of the last surviving women footbinders -- rural Chinese women in their 80s and 90s. Farrell has great reverence for her subjects, writing, “These incredible women [have] lived through famine, the cultural revolution, [...] and family deconstruction/migration of the twentieth century."

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  • Tom Maybrier

    She is doing beautiful work preserving the stories of these old traditions - while there is something brutal and oppressive about body manipulation like this, it's important that we have art and historical documentation of the way things were - it humanizes these people who lived these traditions and helps us understand where we have come from as a society, a species.