Humanism in China is the mother of all China photography books, a definitive 600 pages of documentary photography spanning over half a century. From the 1950's Cultural Revolution through the new-millennium emergence of so-called "New China," mesmerizing moments of life, death, love and rage captured on film by 250 different Chinese photojournalists.
At once startling and heart-breaking, unintentionally humorous and guilt-inducing, this pictorial expose is a long-overdue, bluntly honest portrayal of a mysterious culture that to this day continues to cloak itself in propaganda. All flattery aside, Humanism in China portrays contemporary P.R.C. more accurately and completely than arguably any scholarly or non-fiction works on China ever published.
This little treasure (3"x3" cubed) was admittedly a source of inspiration for my own book of photography, though I dare not compare any of my humble images with the engaging photographs condensed in this volume. Truly a rare collectable; good luck finding a copy for sale outside of China.