Wuhan Modern

The first motorized vehicles in China were produced in the 1920s. However, due to various factors, such as the Sino-Japanese War, actual manufacturing did not take place until the late 1950s and 1960s. Many of the early vehicles, especially trucks, were based on Russian models. The production of passenger vehicles was a very small part of the production in the first 30 years of the People’s Republic.

The increasing number of trucks, primarily in China’s cities, became very visible in police reports starting in the 1970s. I acquired a large quantity of reports in the city of Wuhan that document most accurately the clash between the old and modern Wuhan. Cyclists who were not accustomed to trucks yet had fatal collisions. Victims of progress.

Lukas Birk