Intervention and Cultural Tourism in China A Fulbright Grant Project
China remains a screen onto which Westerners project their fantasies of the exotic. Photography, as used by tourists, artists, and academics alike has contributed significantly to a domain of fantasy and spectacle. Images produced through snapshot photography, often imitating a documentary style, are bound to the preconceptions of a group of photographers that is largely foreign. An infant slung over its young mother's shoulder wearing richly embroidered Asian garments, a straw basket roped to a man's back, a snowy landscape that could have been painted a thousand years earlier: these are the romantic notions of an exotic world created through the popular practice of photography.