Wang Wei


Contemporary Photographers

“In every hotel in China the regular accommodation for guests is known as the ‘Standard Room’. Found on every floor is a maid, a ‘Fu Wu Yuan’, they attend to the guests and the up keep of the rooms. These women usually come from the countryside. Their pay, although better than where they came from is still too little to live in big cities. Thus their lives often only exist within the small confines of the hotel they work in and its immediate surroundings. With little opportunity to enjoy the pleasures of the city they live in they are individuals whose function within society is purely utilitarian. Standard Room is a series of portraits of these women who work in these hotels.” - Wang Wei