March 31st, 2015
Ruben Lundgren / WassinkLundgren, on The Chinese Photobook
An interview with Ruben Lundgren of the photography team WassinkLundgren, cocurators of the exhibition The Chinese Photobook at Aperture Gallery in New York. China has a fascinating history of photobook publishing, and The Chinese Photobook reveals for the first time the richness and diversity of this heritage. This now available in a smaller size, more accessibly priced hardcover edition, volume is based on a collection compiled by Martin Parr and Beijing- and London-based Dutch photographer team WassinkLundgren. And while the collection was inspired initially by Parr’s interest in propaganda books and in finding key works of socialist realist photography from the early days of the Communist Party and the Cultural Revolution era, the selection of books includes key volumes published as early as 1900, as well as contemporary volumes by emerging Chinese photographers.