Box — Pass It On.  By Peng Yangjun & Chen Jiaojiao.
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Box — Pass It On.

By Peng Yangjun & Chen Jiaojiao.
Shang-Xia Ltd, Shanghai, China, 2010. In Chinese/English/French. 332 pp., illustrated throughout, 7¾x10½".


Selected as one of the Best Books of 2011 by:

Out of Print

First edition and printing. Extremely scarce.

As New in original shrink wrap

Imperfect copy has light bumps and soiling to the corners of the outer box.

Publisher's Description

Limited Edition of 3000 copies, blindstamp-numered on the bottom of the box.

An exquisite object, Box presents an delightful and poignant collection of personal and familial secrets and memories as told through Chinese vernacular photography and culture.

A Box collects memories and secrets from ordinary Chinese families, including a book of selected album photos, private letters, stories, and a secret drawer which includes several objects.

It has been chosen by Martin Parr as the best photo book of the past year:

"This exquisite box contains an album of photos that this couple have located and have written up the with stories and secrets associated with images. Beautifully reproduced with many images and much ephemera tipped in. There are booklets with French and English translations. At the bottom of the box is a secret drawer that includes everything from a metal toy plane to a vintage train ticket.” — Martin Parr

Box includes:

  • Two 52-page booklets (one in English; one in French) with essays by Chen Jiaojiao and Jia Zhangke, personal commentary on the images by numerous contributors, as well as a dialogue with Chen Jiaojiao, Jia Zhangke, Chaton Saconay, and Jiang Qiong Er.
  • A 332-page, extensively illustrated hardcover book with various laid-in ephemera, an array of paper stocks, and personal commentary (in Chinese) from numerous contributors.
  • Secret, divided compartment containing one aluminum toy plane, one red scarf for Chinese young pioneer’s league, one classic tin ring, four crystal beads, photographs, and "the letter from a 21-year-old girl to her earlier self."


Read Sarah Bradley's review of Box — Pass It On in photo-eye Magazine.

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