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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 ›
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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
This is the photo book you will want before you leave China as much as for when you get back. No book about China has ever inspired me as much to get out of the big cities and see... Read morePublished on Jan. 1 2011 by Zhôngguó Jane