Asian Journal of Communication
China’s photojournalistic field undertook great transformations in the 1980s. While the conservatives continued to cling to the propagandistic doctrine, a more progressive trend was emerging. The tension between these two forces had its historical roots and would go on to shape the way Chinese photojournalism developed. Based on archival research and in-depth interviews, this paper revisits the history of Chinese photojournalism practices between 1937 and 1988 and identifies the key features of these three periods: the wartime propaganda of 1937—1949, the intensification of propaganda of 1949 —1976, and the transformation to realism and humanism in 1976—1988.
Li, Shi, "A Turn to Realism and Humanism from Propaganda: Chinese Photojournalism Practices between 1976 and 1988" (2017). SIUE Faculty Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity. 65.