Each group of items is laid out on a piece of newspaper — a single chicken breast, a shower of dried noodles — which seems to highlight the everyday reality of the rations. We weren't surprised by the skimpy meat portion, but we expected some of the fruits and vegetables to be more generous. Two and a half cloves of garlic have never looked so small.
GOOD Magazine interviewed the photographer, who said he bought all the food at street markets in China, bargaining the price down to 3.2 yuan. It's not all subsistence; one photo depicts a handful of gummy candies. This is intentional, says Chow:
I don't limit the food to simply grain and vegetables. This is not an emotional analysis of what it means to be poor. It is an examination of the choices one would face being poor in China.
Does this change how you think about life below the poverty line?
(Image: Stefen Chow)