The Chinese Photobook

Impressions of Chairman Mao: Recent Photographs of the Great Leader of the Chinese People Chairman Mao, (Political Department of the Shanxi-Chaha’er-Hebei Military Region, 1945)

Exhibition, The Photographers’ Gallery, London, UK, until 5 July
The exhibition reveals the richness and diversity of China’s largely unexplored history of photobook publishing. Spanning from 1900 to 2014, it includes key titles by established and emerging Chinese artists, as well as books published by the early colonial powers that occupied it, including France, England, and Japan during the Second Sino-Japanese War, as well as a selection of books produced during the Cultural Revolution, and others. Many of the publications on display are unknown or rarely seen outside of China and offer a unique insight into the country’s complex cultural history from the 20th century onwards.
Peking the Beautiful by Herbert C. White (Shanghai: Commercial Press, Limited, 1927)
Gli impressioni di Manciu-cuo (Impressions of Manchukuo) courtesy Benito Mussolini. (Fengtian, China: Manchukuo Imperial Government, ca. 1938)
Selected Stage Photographs from Revolutionary Model Operas (Beijing: China Photographic Publishing House, 1976)
China Traffic Police (Shanghai: Traffic Administration Bureau, Public Security Ministry and Shanghai Joint Publishing Company, 1989)