The Chinese Photobook: From the 1900s to the Present

Mid-Sized Edition

Edited by Martin Parr and WassinkLundgren
Texts by Gu Zheng, Raymond Lum, Ruben Lundgren, Stephanie H. Tung, and Gerry Badger

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10 x 11 3/8 in. 448 pages, ca. 1000 four-color images Hardcover 978-1-59711-375-5 September 2016

Ruben Lundgren / WassinkLundgren, on The Chinese Photobook

Ruben Lundgren / WassinkLundgren, on <em>The Chinese Photobook</em>

Newly revised histories of photography as recorded via the photobook have added enormously to our understanding of the medium’s culture, particularly in places that are often marginalized, such as Latin America and Africa. However, until now, only a handful of Chinese books have made it onto historians’ short lists. Yet 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.


Martin Parr is a key figure in the world of photography; in addition to his work as a photographer, he is a renowned collector of photobooks, and the coauthor with Gerry Badger of The Photobook: A History, volumes I–III. He is a contributor and advisor to several other projects about the photobook, including The Latin American Photobook (Aperture, 2011). Parr is a member of Magnum Photos.


WassinkLundgren is a collaboration between Dutch artists Thijs groot Wassink and Ruben Lundgren. They have received several awards, including the Prix du Livre at Rencontres d’Arles for best contemporary photobook and the China Academy Award.


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 was the librarian for the Western Languages Collection at Harvard- Yenching Library, where he also served as Curator of Historic Photographs. He was also 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 recently completed a Fulbright Scholarship while based in Shanghai.


Gerry Badger is a critic, architect, curator, and photographer. His published books of text include The Genius of Photography (2007); The Pleasures of Good Photographs (2010); and The Photobook: A History, volumes I–III, coauthored with Martin Parr.

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