The Chinese Photobook
From the 1900s to the Present
By Martin Parr and WassinkLundgren. Authored by Martin Parr. Text by Gu Zheng, Raymond Lum, Stephanie H. Tung, and Gerry Badger.
Number of pages: 448
Publication date: 2015-06-23
Measurements: 11.7 x 13.1 x 1.9 inches
The photobook, the show proposes, offers a vernacular story of art, untold by academics and art historians.–Noelle Bodick”Art Info” (02/26/2015)
Martin Parr is a key figure in the world of photography, recognized as a brilliant satirist of contemporary life. He has published over seventy photobooks of his photographs, including The Non-Conformists (Aperture, 2013), Black Country Stories (2014), and We Love Britain (2014). His work is also in the collections of museums worldwide, including the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum; and Tate Modern, London. Parr is a member of Magnum Photos.
WassinkLundgren is a collaboration between Dutch photographers Thijs groot Wassink (1981) and Ruben Lundgren (1983), who live and work, respectively, in London and Beijing. Their works have been exhibited in museums worldwide and they are the recipients of numerous awards, including the China Academy Award in 2010 and the Prix du Livre at Les Rencontres d’Arles 2007 for their publication Empty Bottles. Their photography and film projects shift mundane, often unnoticeable, everyday occurrences into visually compelling and gently amusing observations of the world around us.
Gu Zheng is a photographer, critic, historian, curator, and associate professor in the School of Journalism at Fudan University, Shanghai. He also serves as vice-director of that university’s Research Center for Visual Culture.
Raymond Lum recently retired as librarian for the Western Languages Collection at Harvard- Yenching Library, where he also served as Curator of Historic Photographs. He is currently the book review editor for the online scholarly journal Trans-Asia Photography Review.
Stephanie H. Tung is a PhD candidate at Princeton University. Prior to her studies at Princeton, she worked as a translator and junior curator for the Three Shadows Photography Art Centre, Beijing. She is currently based in Shanghai as a Fulbright Scholar.
Gerry Badger is a critic, architect, curator, and photographer. His published books include The Genius of Photography (2007); The Pleasures of Good Photographs (2010); and The Photobook: A History, volumes I–III, coauthored with Martin Parr.