The foot of the Leshan Giant Buddha, built in the 8th century from a rock cliff, Sichuan province China 1980 by Bruno Barbey.
6″ x 6″ Magnum Square print
Fuji Crystal Archival Matte paper
Signed on verso by Bruno Barbey
Statement from Bruno Barbey on the back of print
“This photograph is the cover of my latest book, The Colors of China(Beijing United Publishing United Publishing Co., Ltd. & Post Wave Publishing, 2019), piblished in Chinese in conjuction with my exhibit at the National Art Museum of China (NAMOC) in Beijing. It is also one of the photos in the museum’s collection.
This image was taken in 1980; it shows the foot of the Leshan Giant Buddha, built between 713 and 803. At 71 meters. it is the tallest Buddha in the world. Since 1996, it has been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Today, it is forbidden to sit at the foot of the Buddha…”
Bruno Barbey, born in Morocco, has dual nationality – French and Swiss. He studied photography and graphic arts at the École des Arts et Métiers in Vevey, Switzerland. From 1961 to 1964 he photographed the Italians, considering them as protagonists of a small ‘theatrical world’, with the aim of capturing the spirit of a nation.
Bruno Barbey began his relationship with Magnum Photos in 1964. He served as Magnum vice president for Europe in 1978/1979 and as President of Magnum International from 1992 to 1995.
Over five decades Bruno Barbey has worked in all five continents and covered wars and conflicts in Nigeria, Vietnam, the Middle East, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Northern Ireland, Iraq and Kuwait. His work has appeared in the world’s major magazines and he has published over 30 books.
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