Journeys and Observations in a Big and Beautiful Country

All text and photography on this website is by David Brodie, based on personal journeys in China.

Where do you want to go today?

Heilongjiang, Inner Mongolia, 

Shanxi, Beijing and the Great Wall


Jiangsu, Shanghai, Zhejiang and Anhui

Xinjiang, Gansu, Qinghai and Shaanxi

Sichuan, Yunnan and Guangxi

Hunan, Guangdong, Macao and Hong Kong

Approximately 4500 km

Explore MODERN China

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Pan-View Gallery, Zhangzhou, Henan Province

Set up in 2005, Situated in Zhengzhou, Henan Province, Pan-View Gallery is the only photography art gallery in central China,  providing services for image exhibition, collection and international exchanges.

SCÔP, Shanghai

Shanghai Center of Photography, SCoP, was founded in 2015 by Liu Heung Shing,  Pullitzer Prize winner for work in 1992 on the collapse of the Soviet Union. The venue offers as a showcase of international and Chinese creativity, across the range from journalism and documentary work, social history, fashion to art photography.

Inter Art Center,  798 Art Zone,  Beijing

Since its founding in 2006, Inter Art Centre has used its large space of more than 1000 square meters to collect, conserve and exhibit classic photography, and to present contemporary art, including experimental and new media work. The Centre is also home to the Pixel Magazine Publishing House, the Pixel Bookstore, and a cafe.

Three Shadows Photography Art Centre, Beijing and Xiamen

Three Shadows Photography Art Centre was jointly founded in 2007 by the  influential Chinese contemporary photographer RongRong and his wife, the celebrated Japanese photographer,  inri. 

There are two spaces, north and south: one is situated in Beijing’s Caochangdi Art District, while the other is located in Xinlinwan, Jimei District in the city of Xiamen in southern China.

SEE+ Gallery, Beijing

The academic committee of see+ gallery comprises famous image critics and curators who are responsible for recommending and planning exhibitions, and for inviting experts for lectures and seminars.

The Yuezhong Museum of Historical Images, Shenzhen

A museum, rather than a gallery, displaying images of China and other East Asian countries, some dating back to the nineteenth century

In general, the museum does not hold originals. However, the collection is an important one, and of interest both to historians and to photographers.

AYE Gallery, Beijing

Exhibitions of photography and other visual art from around the world.  Dongbinghe Road, Andingmen, Dongchang District, Beijing


Pingyao International Photography Festival

Taking place in the old walled city of Pingyao, Shanxi Province (nearest major city, Taiyuan), each year in September, this is one of China's prominent festivals dedicated to photography and videography.

Lianzhou International Photography Festival

Situated on the Huangchuan River in the north of Guangdong province, Lianzhou is a small city (by Chinese standards) of about half a million people. It has hosted the Festival since 2007, as well as Lianzhou Museum of Photography. The event takes advantage of the mild southern winter.

Lishui, Zhejiang Province

Started in 2017, and an annual event.


With about 300,000 member  and provincial branches across China, IPA is very active is arranging events for members, including travel within  China and abroad, including, recently, to New Zealand and Nepal. 

IPA, The International Photography Association, based in Guangzhou


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