Photography and Pop-ups

Colette Fu makes pop-up books using photographs from her travels around the world. After receiving an MFA in Fine Art Photography from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 2003, Fu began devising opulent, complex compositions that incorporate photography and pop-up. She has designed for award winning stop motion animation commercials and freelanced for clients including Vogue China, Canon Asia and Moët Hennessy • Louis Vuitton. Her popup books are included in the Library of Congress, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the West Collection and many private and rare archive collections. Fu recently returned from a 6-month residency in Shanghai, where she continued her “We are Tiger Dragon” project, an extensive visual exploration of China’s ethnic minorities. There she also designed China’s largest (1 spread) pop-up book measuring 2.5 x 5 meters.

Fu's numerous awards include a Fulbright Research Fellowship to China, and grants from the Independence Foundation, Leeway Foundation, En Foco, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Puffin Foundation and Society for Photographic Education. She has attended many fully funded artist residencies. Fu is also a passionate educator, who teaches pop-up courses and community workshops with marginalized populations at various art centers, universities and institutions nationally and internationally.




NBC News: Ancient Art Revives Connection to a Culture Left Behind


Global Times: Metro Shanghai, Popping Out

Interview with Shanghai International Television (starts at 6:12)

China Daily: Exploring China's ethnic diversity through pop-ups

Asia Society: Interview: Chinese Minority Cultures 'Pop Up' to Life in Vibrant Artist's Books

China Digital Times: Interview with Bookmaker Colette Fu

AD110: 民族风情《我们是虎龙人》—— 艺术家傅三三 

Wired: A Mind-Blowing Pop-Up Book Shows China’s Vanishing Tribes

The Atlantic: Stunning 'Pop-Up' Photographs That Showcase China's Ethnic Diversity

Fast Company: This Pop-up Book Provides a Unique Life in China

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

Liberation: la chine des campagnes en œuvres pop-up

Phaidon: Colette Fu's photo sculpture pop-ups

Morfae: Chinese Pop-up Realism

PSFK: Pop-up Book Brings Personal Photos to Life

Japan Times: 開く楽しさと広がる楽しさ、飛び出る驚き、中国の雲南地方の色鮮やかな少数民族のポップアップ・ブック(飛び出す絵本)!

Artblog: Asian Arts Initiative transforms Pearl Street with a community block party

Interstitial Arts: "Eliminate the Boundaries: and Interview with Artist Colette Fu

Asian Arts Initiative: Social Practice Lab Artist Colette Fu 

Fourth Wall Artist Profile

Colette Fu: Photo Binge, at the University City Arts League   

Informador: Colette Fu despliega sus pop up books   

Elizabeth Avedon: Colette Fu: We are Tiger Dragon People Project            

Alarm Magazine: Colette Fu               

NYTimes Lensblog: Yunnan Province in Three Dimensions     

Go Kunming: Colette Fu: Documenting Yunnan's Minorities                 

A Distinctive Taste: Forth Wall Artist Profile            

Metro Art Unveils New Photo Installation at Downtown LA’s 7th St./Metro Center

Pop-up Lady: Magic and Passion in Portland

Bemis Center: Making it Big, Contemporary Large-Format Photography     


The Allegro Movable Book Collection: Artist, Photography and Paper Engineer Colette Fu

China People's Daily: Books of Art