About the Book
‘Modern china’ is a series of photographs taken by Liz and Max Haarala
Hamilton while travelling across the country in 2008.
The images tell a story of modern China where old tradition meets the
new. Apart from economic changes, China is also experiencing a massive
cultural change. Consumerism and capitalism are no longer seen as the
evils they once were, and cultural influences from the West are mixing
with old China. It is this mix of new and old that Liz & Max have
captured in these photographs.
Whether it be the skyscrapers jetting out of the ground in Pudong
Shanghai, which only relatively recently was still farmland, or the
masses of Chinese tourists, cameras in hand, visiting the Yellow
mountains that were used in traditional paintings or people observing
the Bird’s Nest being constructed, one thing is certain: China changes
by the second.