“The changes that began occurring in China after 1984 were not predictable,” he said. “The people and places that I connected with back then were universally kind and open. That is why these images feel so authentic, honest, and real. Three decades later it is time to share them, and many more, with the post-1984 generation in China as well as everyone else.”
Chang’an Avenue Dawn. Beijing 11/21/1984.
In 1984 and 1985, Vertikoff was able to access areas not yet open to most foreigners. He captured scenes from Guangzhou, Hainan Island, Beijing, Wuhan and Guilin.
Mr. Su of the Sugarcane Factory. Sanya City 12/2/1984.
He said the shots create an “intimate and personal portrait of newfound friends and intriguing sights during, a period of innocence, mutual curiosity, and openness just prior to an overwhelming cultural convergence.”
Li sings Red River Valley for me. Sanya City 12/2/1984.