UCCA Beijing

A Return to the Chinese Photobook


Location:  Auditorium
Language:  English with Chinese translation

"The Chinese Photobook", an exhibition that visited UCCA last April after moving from Arles then New York, is based on a collection compiled by renowned British photographer Martin Parr and the Beijing- and London-based Dutch photographer team WassinkLundgren. Inspired initially by Parr's interest in propaganda and Socialist Realism, and part of his ongoing research into the history of the photobook across the world, the China collection quickly expanded, forming the basis for a major research project and book published in 2015 by Aperture and the China Photographic Publishing House.

For this event, UCCA is honored to invite Martin Parr (President, Magnum Photos International), to once again initiate discussion on the exhibition with Ruben Lundgren (Artist, Curator, WassinkLundgren), recapping some of the exhibition's highlights and offering new insight into the project's development.

Ticketing: Free


*Collect your ticket from reception 30 minutes before the event begins.

* Please no late entry.


Martin Parr (President, Magnum Photos International)

A key figure in the world of photography, Martin Parr is recognized as a brilliant satirist of contemporary life. In addition to his work as a photographer and curator, he is a renowned collector of photographic books, and the co-author with Gerry Badger of The Photobook: A History, volumes I, II, and III. He is a contributor, curator, and advisor to several other projects about the photobook, including "The Latin American Photobook." His own photographs have been featured in over twenty-five photobooks, and are in the collections of museums worldwide, including the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Metropolitan Museum of Art, Tokyo; and Tate Modern, London. Parr is the current president of Magnum Photos International.

Ruben Lundgren (Artist, Curator, WassinkLundgren)

Artist and curator, a member of the WassinkLundgren.

WassinkLundgren a collaboration between Dutch artists Thijs groot Wassink and Ruben Lundgren. Their work together includes book projects, exhibitions, and photography commissions. They met while studying at the Utrecht School of the Arts in the Netherlands and have worked together since 2005. They have produced over a dozen books, including WassinkLundgren is Still Searching (2006); Empty Bottles (2007); Tokyo Tokyo (2011); and Hits (2013), a catalogue published on the occasion of their solo show at FOAM, Amsterdam. They have received several awards, including the Prix du Livre at Rencontres d'Arles (2007) for best contemporary photobook; the China Academy Award (2010); and the award for best independent photo exhibition at the Lishui photo festival (2014). Thijs groot Wassink is based in London and Ruben Lundgren is based in Beijing. Their work is represented by Pékin Fine Arts, Beijing.