Pulitzer Prize winner and Associated Press correspondent Liu Heung Shing will be discussing his own groundbreaking work and looking how Chinese photographers have documented life in China since 1949.
Liu’s new book, China: Portrait of a Country, published by Taschen, charts a remarkable, previously unseen, visual history of the past 60 years of the People’s Republic of China through the lens of 88 Chinese photographers. Liu explains that ‘China has shorthanded so much of the nation's own history by omitting many images from the official media.’ However, Liu is now able to give his audience an incredible humanistic and visual account of a country’s journey from the periphery to a central position in world affairs.
Liu and his compatriot’s work to depict a country and its culture through the eye of its inhabitants, which embodies the ethos of PhotoVoice. PhotoVoice is an international development charity, whose mission is to bring about positive social change through participatory photography. Its award winning projects enable those who are traditionally the subjects of photography to become its creator and find confidence in their voices to express themselves and advocate for their rights.
Liu’s talk, with a Q&A session and book signing is part of PhotoVoice’s Lecture Series (in association with Taschen) hosted at the Royal Geographical Society, London on 23rd September 2008 at 7pm.