Beautiful Journalistic Pop-Up Books by Colette Fu: Capturing the Diversity of China’s Southwest Yunnan Province


For the past 6 years Colette Fu has been photographing the minorities of China’s Southwest Yunnan province, capturing the unique cultures of the region and recreating them in a beautiful way: pop-up books. No, these aren’t your kid’s pop-ups, her creations weave together the complexities of life in 3D form. Her latest series We are Tiger Dragon People 我們是虎 captures local festivals and culinary tastes, popular legends and the weave of local clothing, all with her densely collaged style. It’s the perfect form to represent such a colorfully diverse culture, and it’s all done with a delightfully mature, journalistic eye.


With nearly a decade of pop-up book experience, Fu’s obsession with the form has won her plenty of praise and high level collaboration. She has worked with General Electric, Vogue China, Canon Asia and Moët Hennessy • Louis Vuitton, creating award winning stop motion commercials in the pop-up form. She has work in the Library of Congress, and has received awards from Fulbright, the Independence Foundation, Puffin Foundation and the Society for Photographic Education. Perhaps the best part? She also teaches her craft at pop-up courses and community workshops, often with marginalized populations.

“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.”

To learn more about Colette Fu and her work, see her interview (and interactive views of her work) at The New York Times, then head to her personal site for the story on each piece you see here.

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Lead image via The New York Times

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