The Mother of All Journeys…
(Stockport): Dewi Lewis Publishing, (2007).
4to (279 × 215 mm), pp.96. 48 colour photographs. Narration by Yeuk Ling Li, essays by Lisa Le Feuvre and Mark Sealy. Design by James Corazzo. Light grey endpapers. Light brown cloth-covered boards, colour photographic reproduction to debased panel on front, titles to spine and front in white. ISBN sticker to rear panel. Inscribed by Li in the year of publication on title-page. Fine.
First edition, inscribed in the year of publication: ‘[signed] Dinu Li / To ——- / 17/05/07’. In The Mother of All Journeys Dinu Li documents the journeyman by his eighty-year-old mother, who moved from Southern China to Manchester, via Hong Kong, in the 1970s. He combines photographs made to represent her memories in England, Hong Kong, and China with family snapshots. ‘At a time when global migration has become such a pressing political issue, the book gives a fascinating insight into why people would want to leave the safety of an environment they know and travel halfway across the world to a foreign land and an alien culture’ (The Photobook)’
Parr, M. and Badger, G., The Photobook: A History vol.III p.260.