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CHINA: Portrait of a People
TRAVEL / PHOTOGRAPHY / CHINA by Tom Carter, with an epilogue by Mian Mian1 COUNTRY, 56 CULTURES1.3 BILLION PEOPLE, 33 PROVINCES2 YEARS, 56,000 KILOMETERSA PHOTOGRAPHER AND HIS CAMERAThe Beijing Olympics focused the world's eyes on China. But despiteincreased tourism and rampant foreign investment, the culturaldistance between China and the West remains as vast as the oceansthat separate them. The Middle Kingdom is still relatively unknown byWesterners. China is in fact made up of 33 distinct regions populatedby 56 ethnic groups – and American photojournalist Tom Carter hasvisited them all. This little book is a visual tribute to the People'sRepublic of China, with an ardent emphasis on the People.
“Tom Carter is an extraordinary photographer whose powerful work captures the heart and soul of the Chinesepeople.”
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“Tom Carter’s photo book is an honest and objective record of the Chinese and our way of life… his camera leadsus through 33 wide-sweeping scenes of the real and the surreal.”
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China: Portrait of a People
, Tom Carter shows us that there are actually dozens of Chinas. The Americanphotojournalist spent two years traveling 35,000 miles through every province of China by bus, boat, train, mule,motorcycle, and on foot.”
Christian Science Monitor
“Getting a full picture of China – a vast country with an enormous population, a place that is experiencing sweepingcultural and economic changes – is, of course, impossible. But Tom Carter comes close. … It’s a remarkable book,compact yet bursting with images that display the diversity of a nation of 56 ethnic groups."
“A study well worth having on your bookshelf."
South China Morning Post
“Part of the strength of this book is its independent spirit. It’s not a travel guide showing China dressed in itsSunday best, or a photojournalistic approach documenting the underbelly of the country, but rather a peek at thesights Carter has seen and a corrective to both the glowing promotional images and negative Western media shotsthat we are all familiar with."
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