June 11, 2014
by Bruno Barbey
Bruno Barbey, a 50-year Magnum veteran, is an established figure in photo-journalism, and a highly praised colorist especially for his portrayal of Morocco - his beloved birthplace. When he came to photograph Shanghai’s World Expo in 2010, we started looking together at the pictures he took 40 and 30 years ago, when China was still struggling to emerge from the chaos of the Cultural Revolution. Today China has risen to the top echelon of economic power in the world, most Chinese people do not bother to remember where they have come from, twenty or even ten years ago, as they are eager to look up to an ever-better-tomorrow.
This “China 1973-2013” is a precious document generously donated by Bruno Barbey to the history of Chinese photography and to the history of a nation in development.