Éditions Bessard, 2020. Edition of 500 copies with a signed c print 130 x 18 mm. Clothbound hardcover, 72 pp., 48 color illustrations, 1 signed c-print, 210 x 295 mm. Photographs and text (Chinese, English) by Wu Liewei. Design by Joanna Starck.
The Best of Times by Chinese artist Wu Liewei radiates with energy, zest, playfulness and experimentation. Depicting people from his own circle of friends, Wu Liewei’s photographs celebrate the joy of transgression and breaking with conventions. Sexuality and nudity feature heavily, but do so as matter-of-fact, artless appearances.
“The best of times was an accidental opportunity for me to pay attention to the state of my friends around me. During the filming, I took each of their attitude towards life and their own thoughts. I always felt that photography is a mirror that illuminates you and my heart. We're in the best time. I have illusions about how they've become in the picture after a few years. I'll keep shooting until I die.” — Wu Liewei