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True Lies

New reportage photography in China


SUN JINGTAO, Happy Street, 1992-95, photograph, 13.5 x 20 cm.

During the 1990s photography in China has undergone a fundamental transformation in the hands of a new generation of photographers. After 1989 the ossified concept of photography as a 'craft' that had dominated Chinese photography for decades came to an end, and the superficial notion of 'art photography' as a pure thing was also rejected. The differences between the development of artistic principles based on previous models of art photography and the development of realistic…

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