The front page of the China Press and Publication Telegraph recommends the book "I am in Wuying Miao Village for three Years" by Guangxi Education Press
Release time 2021-02-14

On January 13, the front page of the China Press and Publication Telegraph published a report titled "Paying Tribute to the Great Era with cross-provincial stories", which introduced the story behind the book "I Lived in Wuying Miao Village for three Years" by Guangxi Education Press to readers。


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Two-thirds of the time in the village every year, 150,000 times to press the shutter, Xinhua News Agency reporter Huang Xiaobang record poverty alleviation stories into the "I in Wuying Miao Village these three years" -

 

Pay tribute to the great era with cross-province Miao village stories

 

Where is Wuying Miao Village?Deep in the mountains on the border of Guangxi and Guizhou, a small village inhabited by Miao people。Uying means "beautiful bride" in Miao language.。

Who's the reporter??His name is Huang Xiaobang, a photojournalist from the Guangxi branch of Xinhua News Agency, and the author of the new book I Lived in Wuying Miao Village for Three Years, published by Guangxi Education Press。

Three years, Huang Xiaobang more than 250 days a year in the village, a total of 150,000 times to press the shutter, he used the journalist's lens and thinking to record the changes and unchanged in this minority mountainous area, the Miao village poverty alleviation and well-off era images。

 

"Plant a tree"

He decided to use video records to record poverty alleviation in Miao township

 

In November 2017, Huang Xiaobang first met Wu Ying。

Here, "One village, two provinces, five family names are one"。Of the 143 households of Wu Ying Miao Village with 5 surnames, Wu, Liang, Pan, Bu and Wei, 102 belong to Dangjiu Village, Guadong Township, Rongshui Miao Autonomous County, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, and 41 belong to Nancen Village, Cuili Yao Zhuang Township, Congjiang County, Guizhou Province。

Huang Xiaobang is not the first secretary of the village sent by the organization, but his residence in the village is to fulfill the duties of journalists: to penetrate into the lives of the masses, take root in grassroots research, and record the changes of The Times。

From Nanning, drive along the Quannan Expressway north for 4 hours, arrive Rongshui County rest for one night;The next day, bumpy more than 6 hours, exercise 140 kilometers, living in pole hole township;Early in the morning on the third day, I arrived at Wuying Miao Village from Jiadong Township。Such a journey, Huang Xiaobang ran a full three years。

Huang Xiaobang said that Wuying left his first impression, surrounded by mountains, green guards, people get along well, traditional ethnic buildings remain intact。But due to traffic constraints, it is "at least 10 years behind several villages around the township government", and the poverty rate exceeds 60%。

Huang Xiaobang decided to "dissect sparrows" in Wuying, using the lens to show the process of poverty alleviation that "never lets a minority group or a region fall behind.。

"A content, a topic is a branch, a photo, a paragraph of text is a leaf, every moment of joy and sorrow is the nutrients in the branches and leaves.。Huang Xiaobang likened this to planting a tree in Miao Township - Miao Mountain poverty alleviation image, which is now published "I am in Wuying Miao Village These Three years".。

 

 

Keep track of

He photographed more than 100 hands over three months

 

Open "I am in Wuying Miao Village these three years", a deep sense of shock hit the face。Huang Xiaobang shot a lot of big scenes, and many of them are aerial drones, the beauty of the terraces, the busy harvest of rice, the cooperation of the construction site, and the beauty of the people blowing the sheng;He also used a lot of microlenses, reading the villagers to learn culture, stepping in the mud feet, featured bright cloth cultural festival, labor hands and so on。In order to show these scenes, the book uses many cross-page diagrams。

In Huang Xiaobang's mind, he wants to photograph the "change" and "unchanged" of Wuying, which are reflected in the photos as "new" and "old".。

"His pictures are 'old' because the way of production and life here has not changed much;His photos are 'new' because they show the gradual changes in the local life in the process of poverty alleviation, reflecting the process and mental state of the villagers' struggle for a better life。Liuzhou Municipal Party Committee foreign Publicity Office (municipal government Information Office) director Li Bin commented。

Behind the camera, Huang Xiaobang's writing is delicate and plain. He pays great attention to the accuracy of time, place and characters, and has a lot of details. He also likes to tell stories with numbers。"His words are very graphic and go well with the photos。"I am in Wuying Miao Village these three years" responsible editor Sun Huaming said。

"Hand Shock" is the most powerful set of photos。Those hands on the screen are almost calloused, some holding woodworking planer knives, some handling cement, some planting fruit seedlings...And "four hands of four generations of women."。

Why clap the subject?Huang Xiaobang has such a description in the book: I shot in the heavy rain, my camera, clothes were wet, and the cold wind blew my hands。An old man suddenly appeared behind me,She tapped my shoulder with her hand,Beckoning me to the fire inside...I followed the old man into the wooden building,A group of old people were sitting around the fire...An old man suddenly grabbed my hand,Touch and keep warm...When I felt the old man's big, rough hand suddenly reaching out,I looked around the fire,In the dark cabin,A dozen pairs of weather-beaten hands glowed in the red firelight.。

Huang Xiaobang was moved, and suddenly a thought rose in his heart: "Aren't these hands the most critical force in poverty alleviation??”

Huang Xiaobang decided to put these hands in the context of industrial poverty alleviation, and show the Miao people's spirit of self-improvement through close-ups of the hands。Over the next three months, he photographed more than 100 hands。

According to statistics, the photos taken by Huang Xiaobang in Wuying have been used more than 600 times by the People's Daily, China Youth Daily and other media, and some have been placed in the front page center。

"He did it the 'dumb way' - repeatedly recording。Fei Maohua, one of Huang Xiaobang's colleagues and a senior reporter from the Xinhua News Agency's photo department, summed up his shooting secret in six words: patience, care and perseverance。

Waiting for the news scene, waiting for their interview subjects。In the network era known for "fast", Huang Xiaobang's "stupid method" has had good results - under the unremitting efforts of the first secretary of the village and the poverty alleviation team, in 2020, 92 poor households in Wuying are all out of poverty。

 

 

Small cuts show big times

They used a book to explain their publishing mission

 

During the Spring Festival in 2020, when learning that Huang Xiaobang had lived in the village for three years and practiced the "four forces", Shi Limin, president and editor-in-chief of Guangxi Education Press, and his colleagues were deeply moved。

Shi Limin thinks: "This is a very good topic, not only fits the theme, but also easy to be accepted by the public, there are pictures, there are stories.。”

"Before the epidemic was completely over, we couldn't wait to organize the first press conference in March。At the meeting, we decided to title the book "I have been in Wuying Miao Village for three years", to create a three-dimensional publication combining pictures, texts and videos。Sun Huaming is still immersed in the excitement of the topic。In the later writing process, Sun Huaming worked closely with Huang Xiaobang, reminding him where there were stories, and constantly providing him with fuller story materials。

In the Dragon Boat Festival in 2020, Shi Limin, Sun Huaming, Zeng Lingxian, director of the digital Department, Bao Han, director of the design department, went to Wuying Miao Village, and in a week, four people followed Huang Xiaobang into every family and listened to their stories。

"The cleanliness of Wuying Miao Village and the inconvenience of transportation, and the simplicity and kindness of the people have left a deep impression on us。Shi Limin said that in the past three years, Huang Xiaobang and the village staff members led the villagers to plant 5,000 trees in the stockade, ran more than 100 bilingual training courses, ran a bright cloth festival, and built a wax dyeing house...As a publisher, we have the responsibility to present the images of poverty alleviation stories recorded by journalists truthfully。

As a result, after polishing the content and design of the manuscript, I spent Three years in Wuying Miao Village is presented to the reader, narrating what Huang Xiaobang saw and felt in Wuying from the perspective of the first person, and narrating the touching story behind every photo he took。

Huang Xiaobang also shot some small videos, vividly restoring Wu Ying's daily life。These videos are also included in the book, and readers can scan the code to watch them。Among them, the most touched Sun Huaming is "Mother in the classroom"。

"You see this mother and daughter, originally did not have the conditions to read, and now they are accompanied in the classroom, learning Mandarin, can also recite poetry, singing, cheerful, confident a lot.。Sun Huaming said, "This fully shows that poverty alleviation is not only to change the infrastructure, industry, but also to change the spiritual outlook of people.。”

"Small cuts show big times", in a series of thematic publications on poverty alleviation, this book brings readers a different reading experience with shocking pictures, moving stories and novel perspectives。