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Product Details

  • Paperback: 638 pages
  • Publisher: Blacksmith Books (July 16 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9889979942
  • ISBN-13: 978-9889979942
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 5.4 x 15.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #213,337 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The People's Republic of China is the oldest continuous major world civilization. There are just over 1.3 billion Chinese living in China today, and over 1 million Chinese Canadians living in Canada. For anyone who has ever had the desire to visit this intriguing country, I strongly urge you to begin your journey with Tom Carter's CHINA: Portrait of a People.

American photojournalist Tom Carter set out for the People's Republic of China in February 2004 with only the bare essentials in his backpack, a 4-megapixel point-and-shoot camera, and a hungry curiosity for a land unknown to him. In 2 years, he traveled 56,000 kilometers through some of the least-accessible parts of China capturing in candidly vivid photography a rare collection of China's fascinating people.

Covering all 33 provinces and 5 autonomous regions, the book begins in North China in the capital city of Beijing, which Carter fittingly subtitles the "Pulse of the People," and wanders down through the provinces of East China, then the South, making its way back up again through Central China and the West and ending in Tibet, the "Middle of Nowhere, Center of Everywhere."

CPOP is a reflection of one photographer's dedication to preserving moments in time of a people from 56 cultural backgrounds. This book is an extensive work of art telling a story of poignant beauty in every photograph; it leaves the reader to wonder how the lives of those photographed came to be and what will happen in their future.

CHINA: Portrait of a People is gaining international recognition for being the most substantive book of its genre. It is a must-have for anyone interested in Asian culture, specifically the People's Republic of China.
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What nobody mentions, is that the book is the size of a CD-ROM case, and as thicker than the New Testament, which makes it very uncomfortable to read. The contents have good introductions, and the photos are fine, but it should be noted that all photos was taken with a point and shoot, and despite most f them being nice photographs, the quality of high resolution photography is vacant.
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There are lots of books on China out there, including myriad photography books. Carter's book stands out because instead of focusing on landscape, architecture, or food, he shows the beauty and diversity of Chinese people. Those who have not traveled or lived in China, may not realize the amount of variety among the people--with this book you be able to fully understand and appreciate how unique each ethnicity is. Chinese people are not just simply Chinese.

In each province one can find many different ethnicities, each varied in appearance and fashion, traditions and attitude. Carter captures these differences beautifully in his book "China: Portrait of a People." He also managed to travel to every corner of China, illustrating everyone from Han to Tibetans to Uyghurs. If you have been to China or have any interest in the country, you will enjoy this book that gives such a wonderful insight into its people.
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Rarely does a book of richly colored photographic images of a country and the people that inhabit that country on every page reveal so much of a culture that the book becomes an instant resource for fascinated travelers (real and armchair), students, teachers, and readers who care about the planet we call Earth. CHINA: PORTRAIT OF A PEOPLE is indeed what the title suggests: within the covers of this book are more faces sampling the 1.3 billion people who inhabit the 33 provinces and the 56 cultures of the vast country of China, faces that range from the new born to the elderly, the healthy to the suffering, the traditional culture bound with the new Westernized modern look, all placed within the context of the land and the life differences in one fascinatingly diverse country.

Tom Carter almost unintentionally created this brilliant book. His goal was to spend two years traveling across China, lingering long enough in each of the varied provinces to learn the customs, the people's way of life, the history that varies so greatly among the provinces (both ancient and recent - meaning within the last century), and capture the land and the people who dwell there with his camera. A young politician by training, Carter had already made a similar journey through Mexico, Central America and Cuba: this idea of earnest sociological, journalistic and humanitarian investigations was in place.
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