Mao was first published in 1983. The book has become a classic and
its author the only Hong Kong Chinese photographer to win the Pulitzer
Prize. This edition, the third and grandest design, features Liu Heung
Shing's favorite images
from the first volume, reproduced in greatly enhanced format. They serve as
a unique record of the extraordinary transitional period that preceded today’s China.
Mao records the period from 1976 to 1982, when China was taking its
first tentative steps away from the shadow of Mao. Almost twenty
years later, the impact of these images remains just as forceful.
"Liu's photography of
post-Maoist China captures this entire country undisguised, unposed,
authentic, complex, unique, glancing without advance notice into the
lens, and frozen there for eternity."
Bernstein, New York Times Book Critic
"In Liu's visual stories
there is everything: the smells and the moods of everyday China, but
above all there is all that indescribable Chinese humanity that is
relishing a bit of 'refound' freedom."
Terzani, Der Spiegel
"Liu Heung Shing's
photographs have been aptly compared to those of Henri
Cartier-Bresson; both combine history with an evocative artistic
Newsweek Diplomatic Correspondent
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