What are on display here are not the works by famous artists and masters. We don't even know who took these photos.
However, we would like to pay our most sincere respect to them because they have created and recorded the times. Thus, we can stand here to look back on the past.
This is a set of images of unknown workers who record a total of 40 years, namely from 1950s to 1980s, of history of New China. The photos were taken from different corners of New China. As time goes by, they have been forgotten and discarded. Eventually, Beijing Shi Guang Image Museum brushes away the dust on them and gathers them together again.
These photos are not typical portrait photography. These photos show more calmness and greatness in ordinary life brought from that era instead of hectic labor scenes and the beauty of strength erupted by the labouring people. The people in those photos should have grown old, but their spirit of dedication to the country and people will last forever. Watching this set of images recording the era isn’t aimed at lamenting the changes in history and praising the value of the documents, but at praising what is worth praising but has been forgotten. For that forgetful memory, as May Day of 2018 approaches, we use this set of photos to cheer for the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation and the working class. They will not be forgotten. Their spirit will not be forgotten. Long live the working class !