Dear Franklin . Kurt Tong


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Following the trail of a man named Franklin Lung, Dear Franklin immerses the reader in the history of the Chinese diaspora from the fall of the Middle Kingdom in 1912 to the 1950s. Through vintage images, newspaper clippings, letters and photographs, Kurt Tong tells the story of a man from a modest family at the beginning of the last century who, after a brilliant education, moves to cosmopolitan Shanghai. He is then caught up in the tumult of political events in the first half of the 20th century in China.

The book unfolds the twists and turns of a love affair in an original way, skilfully intertwining the great and the small. As the pages turn, the daily life of the two protagonists, two lovers that everything separates, is revealed. The book can be flipped through and read in the classic way, from left to right: exchanges of letters and photographs sketch out the destiny of the two characters, like a soap opera; but also from right to left, and it is then that the entire political and social history of China at the time unfolds. With its alternating pages of different widths, the book offers two reading systems, half fiction, half history. Archivist, poet, novelist, historian, Kurt Tong explodes the boundaries of the photographic book.

This artistic work was awarded the prestigious Elysée 2021 Prize supported by the exclusive partner Parmigiani Fleurier. It is published on the occasion of the opening of Photo Elysée, formerly named Musée de l'Elysée, in the new Plateforme 10 arts district in Lausanne.

Dear Franklin . Kurt Tong

Text: English
Paperback with dust jacket
Bound in blow book
17 x 23,5 cm
352 pages
Approximately 200 photographs, colour and B&W documents
ISBN : 978-2-36511-329-8
In co-publication with Photo Elysée
This book was supported by Parmigiani Fleurier as part of the Elysée Prize.
ISBN : 978-2-36511-329-8

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