The Chinese Portrait: 1860 to the Present
Major Works from the Taikang Collection
- The first academic insight into the Taikang photography collection
- High-quality pictures of this revered gallery accompanied by essays from the experts
- A glimpse into how portrait photography has shaped the history of China
"...a significant contribution to the study of Chinese photography." – The Art Newspaper
From political leaders to celebrities, photographic portraits exert considerable influence over our reaction to public figures. As the first academic publication focused on the Taikang photography collection, this book explores both the mechanics of portraiture and its psychological effects.
Taikang Space is one of the most important non-profit art institutions in China. Based in Beijing, they focus on contemporary art and photography. The Chinese Portrait: 1860 to the Present is based on the framework of the eponymous exhibition, which ran at Taikang Space from March 2017. This book introduces the curator and researchers involved with the exhibition, as well as researchers such as Shi Zhimin, Jin Yongquan, Liu Jianping, Liu Zhangbolong, who deliver their own unique angles on the topic of portrait photography. The Chinese Portrait: 1860 to the Present also features the curator's interviews with Qia Sijie, Chen Shilin and Zhang Zuo - respectively the personal photographer, standard portrait re-toucher and darkroom technician of Chairman Mao.
- ACC Art Books
- Publish date
- 31st Dec 2022
- 260 mm x 195 mm
- 288 Pages