Conde Nast Traveler Espana
Released: December 1, 2008
It is hard to imagine the pace and extent of change in China over the 26 years that separate Christopher Makos's photographs of Andy Warhol in China 1982, from the 2008 collaborative work done with Paul Solberg. Makos returned with Solberg to China in one sense to revisit the places he had seen with Warhol. What they photographed, and what they both briefly describe in this article is the experience of visiting the incredible phenomenon that is China today. Shown together on these pages for the first time, these images from trips to China in 1982 and 2008 form a vivid visual affirmation that China has indeed achieved Mao's long-held aim, the "Great Leap Forward". What perhaps was beyond Mao's imagination (or anyone's, in fact) was how this change to a place and culture of great historical tradition would take shape, and just what the ever-evolving results would look and feel like.