Adrian Bradshaw (photographer)

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Adrian Bradshaw
Adrian Bradshaw at Oxford Brookes University.jpg
Bradshaw at an exhibition of his photography in 2018
Adrian Peter Bradshaw
Known forPhotography of China

Adrian Peter Bradshaw is a British photojournalist who specializes in the photography of China.


In 1983 Bradshaw started to study for a BA in Chinese at SOAS University of London, and for the second year of the course he went to China to study at the Beijing Languages Institute from 1984 to 1985. He did not return to England to finish his degree course, but stayed in China to pursue a career as a photojournalist. Bradshaw spent the next three decades living and working in China, based in Beijing (1985–1997 and 2000–2014) and Shanghai (1997–2000). He mainly worked as a freelance photographer, but in 2003 he set up an office in Beijing for the European Pressphoto Agency. He returned to England with his wife and two children in 2014, and is now based in Oxford.[1][2][3]


In order to celebrate the 40th anniversary of China’s reform and opening-up, an exhibition of Bradshaw's photography was put on at the 4th Shanghai Fashion Weekend held at the Shanghai Exhibition Center in October 2018.[4]

An exhibition of his street photography taken in China during the 1980s was held by the Confucius Institute at Oxford Brookes University in October 2018. His photographs mostly captured everyday life of ordinary people in China, but also included photographs of Muhammad Ali's visit to China in 1985, and photographs of Deng Xiaoping, paramount leader of the People's Republic of China.[5][6][1]


  • The Door Opened: 1980s China. London: Impress, 2018. ISBN 978-1999782573.


  1. ^ a b "Street photography reveals China in the 1980s". BBC News. 8 August 2019. Retrieved 9 August 2019.
  2. ^ Wright, Adam (10 March 2019). "China in the 1980s: photos from a time of hope and optimism". South China Morning Post. Retrieved 9 August 2019.
  3. ^ "Author: apbphotoblog". Retrieved 9 August 2019.
  4. ^ Xu, Wei (12 October 2018). "Fashion weekend launched at Shanghai Exhibition Center". Retrieved 9 August 2019.
  5. ^ "China in the 1980s by Photographer Adrian Bradshaw (Oxford)". China–Britain Business Council. 25 October 2018. Retrieved 9 August 2019.
  6. ^ "The Door Opened: 1980s China". Oxford Brookes University. Retrieved 9 August 2019.