Published by Hatje Cantz. Edited by Catherine Cheng. Text by Zi U.
For this series—banned in China—photographer Xu Yong (born 1954) took 500 close-up portraits of Zi U, a sex worker in Beijing, recording the transformations of her features over the course of her working days.
Published by Blue Kingfisher. Edited by He Hao. Interviews by Britta Erickson, Pi Li.
The work that first brought the contemporary Chinese photographer Xu Yong to the attention of the international art world was 101 Hutong Portraits, a book-length collection of traditional Beijing street scenes. In Backdrop, Xu Yong collects two bodies of "souvenir" photographs--one taken in Tiananmen Square and the other in front of Shanghai's super-modern Oriental Pearl Tower. Because of the way that Xu Yong lights and frames his photographs, at first glance one can hardly tell if the cultural landmark in the background of each picture is an actual architectural monument or a backdrop screen from a commercial photography studio. Indeed the settings are real. And the people that this rising star captures--including children, teenagers, young sweethearts, married couples, mothers and sons, middle-aged tourists, multi-generational families and groups--offer riveting psychological and sociological studies of modern Chinese culture. Often enigmatic, they have a rare, magnetic pull that keeps you looking.
PUBLISHER Blue Kingfisher
BOOK FORMAT Paperback, 9.5 x 9 in. / 236 pgs / 60 color.
PUBLISHING STATUS Pub Date 4/1/2007 No longer our product
DISTRIBUTION D.A.P. Exclusive Catalog: SPRING 2007 p. 120
PRODUCT DETAILS ISBN 9789889901516TRADE List Price: $30.00 CDN $35.00