QURRENTLY AT Q-SPACE | CHINA KODACHROME| THRU JANUARY 2018Analog Snapshots from the Post-Mao, Pre-Modern Years
CK01 Beijing's First Billboard
We figured a crowded bicycle lot might be a good place for our first billboard. Graphics approved by the Public Security Bureau. Early 1980.
CK06 Wangfujin, Beijing, 1981
The sleek "Shanghai" was the go-to car in the 70's. It was the only sedan manufactured in China.
Nanking Rd, Shanghai
CK10 Forbidden City, 1979
The only person I came across was an old man jogging in plastic-soled kugfu shoes.
CK17 Wuhan, 1981
Curious to see us, curious to see them. These children are in an elementary school just outside of the pigskin tannery where I spent a month.
CK03 Outside the Gates to the Forbidden City, 1979
The "Shanghai" duffel is a travel bag classic. These fellows probably arrived on the morning train.
CK04 Tian An Men, 1979
"Long Live the Peoples' Republic!" "Workers of the World, Unite!"
CK19 West Lake, 1982
A peaceful place to sit and mediate about the future of China for the few remaining years that the giant continues to sleep…
CK13 Khirgiz Nomad, Xinjiang, 1985
This photo was shot at about 13,000 feet above sea level on the Pamir plateau. The blonde hair of his grandchildren suggests Russian ancestry.
CK08 Breakdown at Badaling, 1979
Breakdown on the road to the Great Wall, everyone is curious. Notice the car stopped right in the middle of the road.
CK16 Causeway Bay Typhoon Shelter, 1982
Meanwhile in the British Crown Colony, sampans gather next to the Jardine "Noon Day Gun" which is still fired daily at noon, today.
CK09 Beijing dust storm, 1979
Taken from the Minzu Hotel on Chang An Ave the morning after a dust storm.
CK11 Tashi Lhunpo Monastery, 1979
Taken in Shigatse during the British Everest Expedition. Proceeds of this photo go to the Boardman/Tasker Foundation in their memory. Drum scan.
CK05 Xingjiang, 1985
Tooling along the Silk Road on a Huanghe "Yellow River" motorcycle. Uighur driver with Han Chinese passenger.
CK02 Great Wall Girl, 1979
Perhaps the oldest known Graffitti, at least in China
Retirees playing cards in a public park
CK15 Sichuan Rice Paddy, 1980
Young boy using water buffalo to plant rice.
"Democracy Wall", Western District
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Photography and commentary by Michael Jardine