According to co-founder of Magnum Photos, Henri Cartier-Bresson, “Magnum is a community of thought… [with] a curiosity about what is going on in the world… and a desire to transcribe it visually.”
From their first assignment in China in 1930, Magnum photographers have returned time and time again, their fascination growing as the country changed. From the Mao Years to the rise of the global superpower we know today, Magnum photographers have captured China through candid, unflinching, iconic and truly representative photos.
Each photo in Magnum China gives a glimpse of day to life in China, of love, family, tradition, art, farming, of the people, and in retrospect, the people behind the history books and archived news reports. We take a look at some of the stunning photos below.