For 'Real Dreams’ Beijing based photographer Ruben Lundgren immersed himself in the Chinese news cycle for six years. The photobook starts with a century old quote in which writer J.R. Chitty explains that China, within the Western mind, is choked with the most ‘ludicrous incongruities’ that need to be assimilated before one can come close to understanding the country.
The photographs provide an exceptional wide-range of visual incongruities taken all over the most populous and fastest changing nation on earth. From a robotic bartender, full-automatic pet dryer, to alien whiskey salesman, the book gives a wholly original and humorous insight into present-day China on the basis of this absurd facade. Recurring themes in the work are the eager embrace of technology, the changing political climate and the malleability of photojournalism.
Photography: Ruben Lundgren
Text: Marije Vlaskamp
Lithography: Colour & Books
Production: Jos Morree, Fine Books
Distribution: Idea Books, Amsterdam
160 pages, including 24 fold-out pages
Sales price: 48 EUR
Publication date (expected): May 2021