China’s dramatic modernization and opening to the West is laid out in living color in this compelling collection of in-depth photo essays by international photographer Forrest Anderson. As a photographer for Time magazine and other major publications, Anderson spent 13 years covering the momentous political, social and cultural changes China underwent in the 1980s and 1990s.
Anderson’s account is chockfull of poignant, stunningly beautiful, thought provoking, tragic and humorous images of this amazing era. He and his wife, journalist-historian and graphic designer Donna Rouviere Anderson, culled this collection from more than 50,000 photos Anderson took in China between 1985 and 1998.
Sinophiles who are fluent in Mandarin Chinese, the Andersons have gone far beyond the superficial to produce an intimate portrait of a country in the throes of sweeping change.
The book’s photo essays cover the cradle-to-grave progression of ordinary people’s lives during this era, significant political milestones and leaders, China’s agricultural, military and transportation development, the country’s environmental challenges, the impact of its reforms on Chinese culture, religion and much more. Chinese Moments is a must-read for anyone interested in modern China.