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To mark this anniversary, Aperture has collected the images of 20 Chinese and Western photographers that convey China's political, cultural, and social life and bound those materials together with an essay by Rae Yang (The Spider Eaters, 1997) that discusses China's Communist past and its evolving present. The work is stunning, including the haunting and exhilarating photographs of Robert Capa (e.g., Female Nationalist Army Cadets, 1938) and Owen Lattimore; the captivating immediacy of Lin Heung Shing's work; Sebastiao Salgado's expressionistic compositions; and the painterly images of Hiroji Kirbota. An exhibit of the photographs opened in New York, will travel this month to Canada, and then come back to the U.S. from April 2000 until 2004. Bonnie Smothers
Essay by Rae Yang Photographs by Robert Capa, Lois Conner, Stuart Franklin, Zhang Hai-er, Wu Jialin, Wang Jinsong, Hiroji Kubota, Sebastio Salgado, Liu Heung Shing, and Others
A stirring tribute to china's land and people, and a lasting vision of the country within.
China: Fifty Years Inside the People's Republic brings together images by twenty-five of the most important Chinese and Western photographers of our time. A moving essay by Rae Yang, author of Spider Eaters; writings by the photographers; and selections of ancient and modern poetry further illuminate this collection. China opens with compelling historical images of the bitter trials leading up to the birth of the new Republic and chronicles a society in transition following the death of Mao Zedong, offering profound insight into a country that has been closed to the West for more than half of its existence. A major traveling exhibition will open at the Asia Society in New York City in September 1999, then tour North America and Europe.
228 Duotone and Four-Color Images