Liu Heung Shing is a former foreign correspondent and photojournalist whose postings took him from Beijing to Los Angeles, New Delhi to Seoul, and to Moscow for the Associated Press. During that time he photographed major world events form the Soviet military occupation of Afghanistan to civil war in Sri Lanka and China's burgeoning economic reforms. He was also on hand to capture the fall of the USSR: in 1992, Liu shared a Pulitzer Prize for Spot News and an Overseas Press Club Award for his coverage of the Soviet Union's collapse. In 1989, Liu was honored with award of Picture of the Year by the School of Journalism at the University of Missouri. In the same year, Liu was named Best Photographer by the Associated Press Managing Editors. Liu is the author of the widely acclaimed photographic documentation China After Mao and Soviet Union: Collapse of an Empire. He is the editor of China, Portrait of a Country, which has been published in six languages. The book was selected by Britain's Sunday Times as the Best Picture Book 2008. In 2010, Liu co-authored with Karen Smith Shanghai, A History in Photographs 1842 to Today. In 2004, Paris Photo named Liu as one of the hundred most influential people in contemporary photography. Liu graduated from Hunter College. City University of New York in 1975. He lives and works in Beijing.
This book is simply superb. Liu Heungshing travelled the world to secure the rare collection of photographs that present the last 100 years of China's tumultuous history in the most vivid, searing light yet achieved in a single volume. -- James Kynge, author of China Shakes the World