Hardcover, 448 pages
Publisher: Aperture (May 2015)
Selected by Tank
In 2002, Magnum photographer and chronicler of modern life Martin Parr set out to edit The Photobook (which would stretch to three highly acclaimed volumes). He knew that he wanted to include Chinese titles and found himself in the second-hand book market in Shanghai, with no spoken Mandarin and no idea where to start. His initial curiosity eventually grew into a years-long collection crusade, resulting in an exhibition at the Photographer’s Gallery in London and a book, both titled The Chinese Photobook. Charting the country from Empire to wartime to People’s Republic and beyond, The Chinese Photobook is a vital historical document of a rich aesthetic culture and heritage.
Cover, The Great Hall of the People, Beijing: People’s Fine Arts Publishing House, 1959
From Gli Impressioni di Manchiu-Cuo (Impressions of Manchukuo), documenting the visit of an Italian delegation sent by Benito Mussolini, Liaoning Province, China: Manchukuo Imperial Government, 1938
Left: From Chairman Mao is the Red Sun in Our Hearts, Beijing: People’s Fine Arts Publishing House, 1967
Right: From The Chinese by Liu Zheng, Beijing: Dragon Work Chinese Photo, 2000