THE BIG SMOKE 

In 1980, Mike Emery was the first Westerner to photograph mainland China. With his historic collection now immortalised in a new book, the time to go back is certainly now. 

THE BIG SMOKE 

Photographer Mike Emery is in the business of capturing memories and documenting times that no longer exist. He saw China as it was, and has now immortalised that time in a new book. 

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Everything has changed except the smiling faces

It was a fresh-faced and youthful Mike Emery who stepped of a cruise ship in Shanghai in the spring of 1980.

Aged 23 at the time, he was one of the first foreigners to see inside China as the country embarked on its voyage across a vast ocean of reform and opening-up.

ENTREPRENEUR PODCAST NETWORK

China’s Children 1980 with Australian Photographer
Mike Emery

Mike Emery, an Australian photographer who has created a fascinating book about China, capturing a time pre-westernisation joins Enterprise Radio to talk about how he has taken this piece of history to market.

THE BIG SMOKE

Mike Emery on China: Everything has changed, except the smiling faces

Back in 1980, photographer Mike Emery was one of the first to document China. Now, 39 years later, he has returned to see a country transformed.

THE BIG SMOKE

Mike Emery reflects on China’s history this Lunar New Year

In 1980, photographer Mike Emery was one of the first American tourists to document China. 39 years on, he has released a book immortalising the country as it was – and you can win a copy!

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Mike Emery reflects on China's history this Lunar New Year

In the Spring of 1980, Photographer Mike Emery was on board one of the first ever American passenger cruise ships sailing the China coast. No one on board had been to China, in fact, it was a seldom visited country for Westerners. Mike found himself arriving at a time of rapid change and excitement, with economic, political and cultural reforms sweeping the country. 

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