A Hui Market

Food Vendor, Xian, China, 2016

China has changed tremendously since I first visited there in 1989.  Back then, the stores where local people shopped had very rudimentary items for sale, at best.  Fast forward to 2016, when I was last there, and one now seems lots of shops featuring all kinds of American and European luxury goods.
Still, I didn’t travel all the way to China to photograph shops selling Gucci handbags.  When I travel, I try to photograph locations that are more authentic to the place where I am.

One such place in China was in Xian, the city located near the great army of terra cotta soldiers buried there for the emperor Chin Xi Huang Di.  The interest here was not in terra cotta replicas of people, but of real people.  One afternoon, my tour group was taken to visit a street occupied by a food market run by the ethnic minority Hui people.  The Hui (pronounced similar to “we”) people are Muslim, so the men wear traditional hats and the women wear head scarves, but otherwise they seem like any other people that one meets in China.

I made some photographs on that late afternoon tour, but as the light was getting dim and as this market street, several blocks long, was a short walk from my hotel, I decided to go back on a free afternoon we had a day or two later.

The businesses on this street sold plenty of food that patrons could eat right then and there, so not only was it interesting to see the people preparing and selling the food, but the people buying and eating the food, too.
I hope to revisit this street with more blog posts in the future, so stay tuned.

About Dave Rudin

Dave Rudin is a fine art photographer based in Brooklyn, New York. He specializes in art nude and travel photography, using black & white film and making silver gelatin prints in a darkroom.
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