Accomplished Chinese photographer and artist Colette Fu makes unique collapsible pop-up books that are a combination of her photography with pop-up paper engineering. Her current project 'We Are Tiger Dragon People' features the lives of people in Yunnan Province, China. Fu stayed in Yunnan for three years, photographed 25 tribes then returned home to engineer the pop-up book.
On the idea of a pop-up photobook, Fu appreciates how easy it is to carry around with you, coupled by the fact that from the moment the book is opened there is always the element of surprise, drawing more attention to the book and bringing more awareness to the actual photographs and what's going on behind the camera. Each scene, carefully constructed by Fu, is sometimes made up of 20 separate pictures. The process of construction is a long and tedious one.
"My pop-ups are a way for me to speak, mediate, express, delight and inform. Constructing pop-ups allows me to combine intuitive design and technical acuity with my love of traveling as I try to understand the world around me. With pop-up books I want to eliminate the boundaries between book, installation, photography, craft and sculpture," Fu says.