China Girl Project


Thierry Coulon, a Shanghai-based photographer, launched a Kickstarter campaign for his large-format coffee table book ‘China Girl’. He talked to CNCREATE about his project:

“My goal is to fund (through pre-sale) the publishing of ‘China Girl’, a hardcover coffee table book of intimate portraits and interviews of 60 modern Chinese girls. If this campaign is successful, I will use a part of the fund raised to sponsor two girls from ethnic minorities in Southern China that don’t have access to education. This will allow them to have a three-year scholarship (compulsory schooling: primary school and middle school/lower secondary).

“The photo book will be a hardcover with a dust jacket and case of around 130 pages, the size will be 350mm x 260mm (13.5 x 10.4 inches), printed with high technology colour printing and premium paper. For this project, I chose randomly 60 girls from different social classes, professions, backgrounds and horizons, according to their personality or simply because they caught my attention.

“I met them in the street, through social networks or by contacts, and offered them to have their portrait taken the way they wanted to, with their ideas and at the place of their choice or gave them the choice to let me decide what location. To complete their portrait I interviewed them with a ‘Proust’ inspired questionnaire. Except for 12 photos, all the others in the book have never been published or shared on social media.”



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