CHINA: Portrait of a People Paperback – Jul 16 2010
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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.
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.
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.Read more ›
The compelling photographs while technically excellent are significant in that they are not deliberate, not photoshopped, and capture candid, unposed people in spontaneous moments of time. As such, China: Portrait of a People affords a rare view of the contemporary realism of China.
The photographs give visual form to the way in which the usefulness of the pastoral and the power of the urban industry have impacted upon individual people. The contrast between the carefree optimism of everyday farmers and well-heeled urbanites of the big cities is a microcosm of the diversity of China and her people.
The 800 plus photos throughout the 600 plus pages do indeed illustrate the real China. Carter without political occasion or agenda left the tourist track well and truly behind to document people both in cities and in remote and hard-access areas, visiting China's 56 ethnic groups in 33 provinces. That he did so on foot and over two years is apparent in the in-depth portrayal of human realities.
China: Portrait of a People is a comprehensive study which has not in any way been disinfected. Images of beggars and the poverty-stricken are shown in all their veracity alongside images of the resplendent Zhaung, Bai and Yao minorities in lush mountain regions. The reader sees what Carter sees.Read more ›
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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. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Raymond
My friend just returned from China and brought this book back with her as a souvenir. She got it in Beijing, so I was very happy to see it on Amazon! Read morePublished on April 7 2011 by Jook-sing