Doors is proud to have contributed to “A World History of Women Photographers” under the direction of Luce Lebart and Marie-Juliette Robert, published in November 2020 by Editions textuel. The English version was published in 2022 by Thames & Hudson.
We coordinated the book section dedicated to China: eight biographies of women active in the field of photography until 2000 authored by Bérénice Angremy, Marine Cabos (Photography of China), Yining He, Victoria Jonathan, and Karen Smith.
Empress Dowager Cixi had her hand on all the photographs taken of her, from the costume to the framing and composition.
Hou Bo is one of the most notorious photographers of Mao Zedong. She learned photography during the 2nd Sino-Japanese War (1937-1945), seeking to present a better image of the Chinese Communist Party’s work to the world.
Xiao Zhuang started as a photojournalist in the 1950s. She documented the everyday life of Mao’s China between the 1950s and 1970s.
Wong Wo Bik explores the aesthetic of the disappearance of built structure and cityscape through the application of still and moving images.
Wang Miao is one of the founders of the April Photo Society. Born in Beijing in 1951, she experienced the same “age of turmoil” as many of her peers and is a self-taught photographer.
Xing Danwen is one of the most prominent photographers who emerged in the 1990s. She depicted artistic life in the “East Village” and underground Beijing during this period. Read our interview with Xing Danwen here.
Cui Xiuwen was part of the Siren Art Studio, a collective of women artists whose work openly addressed feminist issues. She wanted to make women’s voices heard and to find places to exhibit in a male-dominated art world.
Chen Lingyang is a pioneer artist active in the 2000s who contextualized the subject of femininity in relation to Chinese traditional culture. Chen’s best-known series, “Twelve Flower Months”, by evoking private and public imageries, simultaneously relates to the individualistic and collective experience of women living in China.
The English version will be released in 2022 by Thames and Hudson.