The Door Opened: 1980s China by Adrian Bradshaw
Hand Signed by Adrian Bradshaw to the Title Page
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As China looks back on 40 years of reform and opening up it’s time to look back and see how far the country has changed. The youth whose energy and optimism seized the moment with experimentation and invention back in the first decade of the new era built the foundations of an outward looking, successful and confident China today. Consumer goods, food, clothes, hair and much more were beginning to get a lot more interesting in both the cities and the countryside.
British photojournalist Adrian Bradshaw came to Beijing in 1984 to study Mandarin just as everyday life was in flux. He would go on to spend three decades living in, experiencing and recording this transformation. Bradshaw settled and would stay longer than any other overseas photojournalist, bringing an empathy and understanding to his subjects that is rare.
In his twenties in the 1980s, Bradshaw was in the company of the young people who drove the reform era and built many of the features of 21st Century China: the artists, farmers, entrepreneurs and industrialists whose enthusiasm and positivity made things happen. This energy that made history is still bursting forth.
About the Photographer: Cambridge-born Bradshaw first arrived in China on an aging Norwegian ferry from Hong Kong to Shanghai in 1984. He enrolled at the Beijing Languages Institute for a year as part of his course in Chinese from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London. There he found himself in the midst of a society characterised by its youthful population and a rapidly growing enthusiasm for change and experimentation. Documenting what he saw with his cameras he would go on to spend the next three decades covering the era for international media. Everything he witnessed was recorded - from the first fashion shows to the first bankruptcy; the visits of Muhammad Ali and Bernardo Bertolucci; the transition from muddy rural free markets to vast shopping malls and e-commerce. Throughout his lengthy engagement with China what has most fascinated Bradshaw is the optimism and energy of people hungry for change. This was in the ascendant in the mid-1980s, an era that is fondly remembered by those who witnessed it. With an archive of almost two million images he is now producing a series of books and exhibitions in collaboration with leading a leading designer, Professor Phil Cleaver, to share his testimony with an international audience.
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