Gold 2019 Book / Documentary

The Door Opened: 1980S China

  • Prize
    Gold in Book/Documentary
  • Company
    Impress Publishing, London
  • Photographer
    Adrian Bradshaw
  • Technical Info
    Fine Art Photojournalism
  • Photo Date
    1980s

As China looks back on 40 years of reform and opening up it’s time to look back and see how far the country has changed. The youth whose energy and optimism seized the moment with experimentation and invention back in the first decade of the new era built the foundations of an outward looking, successful and confident China today. Consumer goods, food, clothes, hair and much more were beginning to get a lot more interesting in both the cities and the countryside. British photojournalist Adrian Bradshaw came to Beijing in 1984 to study Mandarin just as everyday life was in flux.