The French photographer Bruno Barbey (born in 1941 in Morocco) was trained at the School of Arts and Crafts in Vevey (Switzerland) and entered in 1968 the internationally renowned agency Magnum Photos. In 1973, while the former French president George Pompidou (1911-1974) was visiting China, Bruno Barbey was appointed official photographer for the French press in order to cover this event. Few years later in 1980, he accompanied an American expedition sent by GEO magazine. Equipped with a bag filled with kodachromes, he followed the itineraries of diplomats, documented official meetings, Chinese growing metropolises, and picturesque sceneries of Hangzhou, Suzhou, Sichuan, and Guangxi among other provinces.
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