FORMAT International Photography Festival 15

50 Contemporary Photobooks from China 2009-2014 Exhibition

China has a fascinating history of photobook publishing. As Martin Parr considered, ‘China is the forgotten land of photobook that no one knew about’. Stepping into the 21st Century, photography, as one of the fastest developing mediums of art, has shown vast potential in Mainland China. Whether conceptually, aesthetically or through dissemination, independent photobooks have grabbed our attention and showed the capacity of photography to engage with print – making, graphic design and other forms of art around us.

Contemporary Chinese photobooks, despite their emerging prowess, have generally not yet been discussed – especially not from an academic perspective. Despite this, Chinese photographers persist in exploring the interaction of photobooks and their contents, visual expression, and Chinese aesthetics. For the first time this spring, 50 Contemporary Photobooks from China 2009-2014 exhibition, to be shown in FORMAT International Photography Festival 15, displays a range of latest materials from last five years.

Contemporary Chinese Photobooks invites audiences to experience latest Chinese photography in its most authentic form. Selected 50 publications varies from artist’s handmade books and self-published works, to publications done in cooperation with independent publishers or galleries. Highlights included Zhang Kechun’s The Yellow River, independently published by Jiazazhi Press, which was singled out for a special mention in the Photo-Eye Best Books 2014 selection.

Venue

St Werburgh’s Chapel

Dates and Times

13 March — 12 April

Monday- Saturday 10:30- 17:00. Sunday 11:00- 16:00

Special Catalogue

A special catalogue of 50 Contemporary Photobooks is dedicated to FOMRAT 2015. The

accompanying publication is designed and produced by Yu Design Studio.

The exhibition is coproduced by GO EAST PROJECT and Gucang Contemporary Photography

from the photobook 'Midnight Tweedle', 2013 @ Zhang Lijie

from the photobook ‘Midnight Tweedle’, 2013 @ Zhang Lijie

List of 50 Contemporary Chinese Photobooks

Muge, 2013, Going Home, Jiazazhi Press © Jiazazhi Press

Muge, 2013, Going Home, Jiazazhi Press © Jiazazhi Press

Handmade Photobooks

 Han Shuo | Amusement Park

Huang Dongli | Beyond the Surface

Huang Shisi | FreeFalling

Li Weiyi | Family Album Project I

Lin Weixi | Stereo ——A Series of Clues to ‘Sound’ Trigger

Sun Yanchu | Disregard and Comfort

Xu Hao | 217 Strangers in my Family Album 1962-1986

Xu Lijing | Nook

Yang Yuchen | Crowd

Zhu Lanqing | A Journey in Reverse Direction

Zhang Xiao, 2014 Coastline, Jiazazhi Press © Jiazazhi Press

Zhang Xiao, 2014 Coastline, Jiazazhi Press © Jiazazhi Press

Self-publishing

 

Du Yang | Inner Time

Wang Lin | Lavender Marriage – China / Lavender Marriage – United Kingdom

Madi Ju | A Personal Anthology 1

No. 223 | My Private Broadway 3

No. 223 | Versatile # 2

Tang Jing | Growth

Sima Yuan | The Seventh Day

Sun Xiyao | The Miao: A Corner of Christianity in China

Yang Hongxun | Seven and A Half

Zhang Lijie | Midnight Tweedle

Mengxi Zhang | 350 km/h

Zhe Chen | WORKS 2007-2012: THE BEARABLE & BEES

Xu Hao, 2013, 217 Strangers in my Family Album 1962-1986, handmade photobook © Xu Hao

Xu Hao, 2013, 217 Strangers in my Family Album 1962-1986, handmade photobook © Xu Hao

Small Presses

 

Chen Xiaoyi | Koan

Fu Yu | Splendputrid

Jiang Zhi | If This is a Man

Ka Xiaoxi | A Fragment of China’s Youth

Light Room

Lin Shu | Toxic

Photography as an Adventure: Return of Native

Ren Hang | Son and Bitch

RongRong and inri | Tsumari Story

Same Studio | Free Park

Same Studio | Lifestyles

Shen Wei | Chinese Sentiment

Taca Sui | Odes

Wang Jing | The Coil

Wang Tong | Rebirth

Xu Xiaoxiao | The Way to the Golden Mountain

You Li | Pang Huang

Sun Yanchu, 2014, Disregard and Comfort, handmade photobook © Sun Yanchu

Sun Yanchu, 2014, Disregard and Comfort, handmade photobook © Sun Yanchu

Close up: Jiazazhi Press Publications 2011-2014

Sun Yanchu | Obsessed

Liu Yuan | Digital Building

Zhang Xiao | They

Taca Sui |Trifles

Muge | Going Home

Zhu Mo | Bright, Bright Day

Zhang Kechun | The Yellow River

Zhang Xiao | Coastline

Zhang Wei | Artificial Theater

Yang Yuanyuan | 10 Days in Kraków

Zhe Chen, 2014, WORKS 2007-2012: THE BEARABLE & BEES, self-publishing © Zhe Chen

Zhe Chen, 2014, WORKS 2007-2012: THE BEARABLE & BEES, self-publishing © Zhe Chen