[Notice: All images on this site are (c) Copyright Saundra Sturdevant, 2002]
China Photos: Black And White
My early connection with China is informed by coming of age in the sixties. I am formally trained as an historian of Modern China, with a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. It was after completing a post-doc at U.C. Berkeley, teaching there and at other U.C. systems universities that I began the search for ways other than those of the traditional academic world to communicate, to educate.
I began to photograph professionally while living in Beijing and working for the Chinese government. I accepted a position as editor at the New Press, a work unit of the Foreign Languages Press. It was the early 1980s and a very, very interesting time to be in China. But then most times are. At the end of the contract, I spent two months traveling Chinese style (ying-wo) on the trains over a good part of China. It was an intense and singular experience.
These photos date from this period in China. Some from this body of work
were published in Contemporary Chinese Literature: An Anthology of Post-Mao
Fiction and Poetry (M.E. Sharpe, 1984). Michael Duke was the editor and
the work was for the Bulletin of Concerned Asian Scholars, an organization
I had helped found in the late 1960s.