The Last Bound Feet Women of China [video]

Photographer Jo Farell is documenting the last women in China with bound feet. This timely and important project tells the stories of these last remaining women who suffered the brutal practice of footbinding through intimate and respectful black and white photos.

This video gives an overview of the project and also outlines some the history and reasons for this ancient Chinese social tradition.

She funded this project via Kickstartr, and I believe has reached her target, which is brilliant! It means that others also see the value in capturing the stories of these women.

I love this quote on her website, which sums up her approach to her bound feet project:

“Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever…it remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.”

 Aaron Siskind, photographer

I am looking forward to seeing the completed project either via the book that Jo is planning.




Yang-May Ooi is an award-winning TEDx speaker, bestselling author, story performer and coach. Her work uses the power of personal narrative to help creatives and others grow into confident, collaborative leaders. She is currently rehearsing a one woman story performance, Bound Feet Blues, which will be showcased in London’s West End in Oct 2014.

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