China in the 1980's and early 90's, before it transformed itself beyond recognition. Read more
After six years of commercial studio work, I found it much too restrictive. So I stopped the studio and turned to traveling. At the time, the Chinese mainland was opening up. Having been brought up studying both Chinese and English culture, I felt a special affinity to the people and culture in the mainland, and started to explore the differences and similarities between what I have learned and what I observed. After a while, magazine assignments started coming in. I have worked on stories for magazines such as National Geographic, New York Times, GEO, and Stern. These just gave me more opportunities and incentives to observe and explore. But in the 1990’s, China started its mad gold rush and I travelled there less frequently. Following are photographs of China in the 1980's and early 90's, before it transformed itself beyond recognition. They are not factual documents, but interpretations of my impressions and feelings.