China Reconstructs Photographs 1952-1961 (Supplement to China Reconstructs)

  • NP, 1962
  • Small quarto
  • Original yellow wrappers, with black lettering on the front cover and spine
  • black and white photographs with colour gatefold
  • Book Condition: Poor

Wrappers are water stained, particularly along the edges of the front and back. There is rubbing along the edges of the spine and chipping in the extremities. The corners have been bumped, particularly in the top right. Contents are in very good condition with no tears or creases. 

Interesting selection from photographs used over a ten year period in "China Reconstructs", illustrating life in the "new China" and her advances. Profusely illustrated throughout with countless beautiful photogravures in b/w as well as some high-quality offset reproductions in color (including 8 tipped in) including a 25.5 x 7" three-page fold out of an anniversary celebration in Tiananmen Square.

Following Mao's proclaiming the foundation of the People's Republic of China (PRC) in 1949, a series of movements and campaigns were launched under Mao's direction including the "First Five-year Plan" (1953-1957) which focused on economic industrialization and "Great Leap Forward" (1958-1962), which aimed to transform the country from an agrarian economy to a socialist society through rapid industrialization and collectivization, particularly in grain and steel production. The photo album showcases and glorifies the success of the revolution and subsequent effort to remake Chinese society, economy and culture, featuring portraits of workers, artisans, farmers and athletes, urbanized constructions and industrial factories, as well as artworks from well-known artists at that time such as Qian Song Yan and Wu Fan. The last page of the album features a group photo of Mao with the foreign visitors, with a caption reading, "We have friends all over the world: Chairman Mao Tse-tung with guests from Asia, Africa, and Latin America."

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