The Chinese Photobook Collection: Luo Bonian

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Luo Bonian lived from 1911 to 2002. Born into a family of county

magistrates, upon graduating from school he became a clerk at the

Bank of China. In the same period, he began taking photographs. In

1934, he published the work “Drawing Water from a Well,”an early

example of nude photography in China. His works evoke both Eastern

and Western techniques and are permeated by traditional Chinese

aesthetics. He captured scenic landscapes, people, animals, and still

objects through his lens, and he made experimental studies influenced

by the New Art Movement. He is the forefather of montage photography

in contemporary China. His representative work includes “Drawing

Water from a Well,” The Spring Which Began to Find Vent,”and “Heavy

 Loads and Distant Journeys.”