Pre-Mao Period

This first section presents authors who were active during the pre-Mao period. In other words since the advent of photography in the 1840s until 1949. 



Mao Era

This section introduces several authors who have worked in China between the establishment of the People's Republic of China in 1949 and the late 1970s. 




Post-Mao Period

This final section offers a selection of contemporary authors who have depicted China from the early 1980s onwards.