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.


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Real Dreams

  • Photography: Ruben Lundgren

    Text: Marije Vlaskamp

    Design: -SYB-
    Lithography: Colour & Books
    Production: Jos Morree, Fine Books

    Publisher: 200cm
    ISBN: 9789090343259
    Distribution: Idea Books, Amsterdam
English, Dutch

    160 pages, including 24 fold-out pages


    500 copies
Sales price: 48 EUR

Publication date (expected): May 2021




© 2019 Ruben Lundgren

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