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9 July 2014

Martin Parr & Wassinklundgren, The Chinese Photobook

In the last decade there has been a major reappraisal of the role and status of the photobook within the history of photography. Revisionist 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 three Chinese photobooks have made it onto historians’ short lists. Yet China has a fascinating history of photobook publishing, and the exhibition, coproduced by the Rencontre d’Arles and Aperture, will reveal for the rst time the richness and diversity of this heritage. The exhibition is based on a collection compiled by Martin Parr and Beijing- and London-based Dutch photographer team WassinkLundgren. The Chinese Photobook will reveal much about China itself, and the country’s dramatic twists and turns during the last 100 years.

Exhibition curators: Martin Parr and WassinkLundgren.

Texts by by Gu Zheng, Raymond Lum, Gerry Badger, Stephanie Tung, and Ruben Lundgren.

Exhibition coproduced by Aperture Foundation and Les Rencontres d’Arles, with the support of Air France.

The Chinese Photobook exhibition and publication have been made possible with generous support from the China Art Foundation which was founded in 2008 to help ensure that the intense global interest in contemporary Chinese art and culture has a sustainable future, and to increase knowledge and understanding in the arena of art and culture between China and the rest of the world.

The accompanying publication was made possible with additional contributions by Aperture supporters Celso Gonzalez-Falla and Sondra Gilman, Marina and Andrew E. Lewin and David Solo..

Wallpaper by Picto, Paris. Framing by Circad, Paris.

Exhibition venue: Bureau DesLices, Rencontres d’Arles 2014.