Agnès Varda is a French director and photographer who was invited by the Chinese Government in 1957, when China was still almost entirely closed to foreigners. She embarked on a two-months journey from North to South China with a delegation of French dignitaries. She visited several cities such as Chongqing, Shanghai, crossed the Yangtze river, while taking a rich harvest of black and white and colour pictures.
Through these rare series of images, she achieved to capture the multifarious forms of popular entertainment and glimpses of everyday life among Chinese people.
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