We recently came across Kai Caemmerer’s Unborn Cities, an alternative look into the East that shows the growth of inner-mainland China.

What’s unique about all of the buildings and city vistas shown is that they are completely baron and “awaiting population.”

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Unborn Cities, No.02, 2015.  55 x 70 inches. Pigment print.

Far from the usual scenes of de-industrialisation that’s pictured in towns like Detroit, these are not “ghost towns” where supply ran out, instead they are the polar opposite, part of a Chinese urban model.  Rather than a settlement starting as a small gathering collecting history and building over time, planners, targeted with the urbanisation of the population will build an entire city, including civic functions and bring the people to it.

Kai spent 80 days over two separate trips to China in 2015 photographing these model towns, but stated the project is by no means over.

You can see more from the project on Kai Caemmere’s website and be sure to follow him on Instagram to keep up to date with his latest projects.

3_unborncities_no33Unborn Cities, No.33, 2015.  44 x 55 inches. Pigment print

4_unborncities_no92Unborn Cities, No.92, 2015.  44 x 55 inches. Pigment print.

5_unborncities_no88Unborn Cities, No.88, 2015.  55 x 70 inches. Pigment print.

9_unborncities_no15Unborn Cities, No.15, 2015.  55 x 70 inches. Pigment print.

10_unborncities_no17Unborn Cities, No.17, 2015.  55 x 70 inches. Pigment print.

1_unborncities_no69Unborn Cities, No.69, 2015.  55 x 70 inches. Pigment print.

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Unborn Cities, No.21, 2015.  55 x 70 inches. Pigment print.

6_unborncities_no01Unborn Cities, No.01, 2015.  55 x 70 inches. Pigment print.



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