By Howard W. French (Photographer) and Qiu Xiaolong (Essayist)
This book is a photographic exploration of life in the old and rapidly disappearing popular quarters of central Shanghai, with accompanying essay(s) and thematic section introductions by the author of fiction and poetry, and Shanghai native, Qiu Xiaolong.
The (100) photographs, all taken in a documentary style over a period of seven years, represent an intimate and invaluable visual natural history of a way of life in the workers’ quarters and other central districts of the city that held sway throughout the 20th Century and into the early years of the 21st Century, before yielding to the ambitious ongoing efforts at urban reconstruction.
Mr. Qiu, whose best-known books are largely set in this old city, where his protagonist Inspector Chen walks around in investigations, is suited like few others to provide a lyrical accompanying text whose purpose is to celebrate the life, beauty and texture of this world before it has vanished altogether.
No photographer has pursued this subject with more dedication and persistence than Mr. French, whose photographs of Shanghai have been exhibited on four continents.
Taken together, the work of these two contributors offers compelling esthetics and lasting historical value for lovers of Shanghai, past, present and future.
Howard W. French is an associate professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, where he began teaching in September 2008. From 1986 to 2008, Howard was a reporter for The New York Times, and 18 of those years, from 1990 to 2008, were spent working overseas. He was the newspaper's Shanghai Bureau Chief from 2003 to 2008.
Qiu Xiaolong is a writer who has published, among others, five novels featuring Inspector Chen, including Death of a Red Heroine, which won the Anthony Award for best first novel in 2001. Qiu was Born and raised in Shanghai, where he was a renowned poet and translator. He came to the United States in 1988 and holds a PhD degree in Asian Studies from Washington University.
A Concise Illustrated History of Chinese Printing
By Luo Shubao
Chinese people made many great inventions in history, among which papermaking, printing, gunpowder and the compass have the most far-reaching global impact and are acknowledged as the Four Great Inventions. The invention of printing is China’s greatest contribution to human civilization, which not only accelerates the spread of information and knowledge but also keeps promoting social progress. The art of printing has, therefore, been called the mother of civilization.
A Concise Illustrated History of Chinese Printing offers a comprehensive overview of the origin, development and application of printing in China from ancient times to the last Chinese dynasty that ended in the early twentieth century. The book discusses, in detail and with full color illustrations, the two major printing types in China -- block printing and movable-type printing, with emphasis on printing technology and the contents printed. There are also sections on art appreciation of ancient Chinese book editions and book collection.
A member of the Chinese Association of Writers of Popular Science, Luo Shubao was editor-in-chief of the Printing Technology magazine, deputy editor-in-chief of the Printing Industry Press, and deputy director of China Printing Museum. His book-length publications include An Illustrated History of Printing in Ancient China, Three Thousand Years of Chinese Books, Five Thousand Years of Chinese Calligraphy (Illustrated), and Light of Printing.