"To be rich is to be glorious !" With these words, in "1 992 Deng Xiao Ping announced to his countrymen, and to the world, that China was ready to embrace Western lifestyles. In 1978, a national economic revitalization program that began with widespread land reforms and in the early 1980s was further fuelled by the establishment of Special Economic Zones (SEZ). These long-awaited constitutional reforms swept the Chinese population headlong into an Optimistic future. While surveying the evolution of SEZ in southern China, the aging chairman made this declaration and in so doing kick-started a developmental process chat was stalled in the aftermath of Tiananmen. The impact of Chinese passions to share in our contemporary way of life is plainly felt both in global economics and on the world's ecology. In this book, Edward Burtynsky presents photographs of the remnant and newly established zones of Chinese industrialization-those places created while realizing the "glory" of wealth for a powerful civilization yearning to move forward and loin the ranks of modern nations. Using diplomatic channels, Burtynsky lies gained rare access to these sites, creating images that are at once arresting and unsettling. These photographs afford us privileged glimpses of the vast social and economic transformation currently underway in China.Burtynsky casts a watchful eye over the extreme expressions of Chinese industry. His subjects include the Three Gorges Dam, at present the world's largest engineering project and Bao Steel, China's highest steel producer. He explores the vanishing dinosaurs of old industrial complexes in the north eastern "rust belt and shipyards at Qiligang, the single most concentrated area of shipbuilding in the country. His camera penetrates inio entire villages dedicated solely to the recycling of electronic waste, plastics and metals where the painstaking work of sorting is done by hand. We are taken to sec the internal vistas of seemingly infinite factory floors such as that of Cankun, the world's largest maker of irons (23,000 employees) ; Yu Yuan, a sport shoe manufacturer that employs 90,000 and Deda, China's principal chicken processor Finally, Burtynsky turns his attention to the landscape of cities, zeroing in on the new, tall China of high density centers like Shanghai, where countless skyscrapers quickly replace an older, once graceful incarnation to accommodate the mass influx of new and hopeful urbanites.Biographie de l'auteur :
As a teenager, Edward Burtynsky worked in huge auto assembly plants and deep in the gold mines of northern Ontario. Burtynsky, the artist, is informed by these experiences and the training of his master craft. He brings this knowledge of gigantic industrial space to the ground glass of a field camera creating images that find their final expression in the sumptuous largescale colon prints that are his signature.Since 1978, Burtynsky's subjects have variously ranged from mines, quarries, recycling depots and oil fields, to refineries and shipbreaking yards. His detailed and precisely rendered works document the changing relationship of humankind to nature through the industrial landscapes we have built. Neither celebrating non condemning industry, Burtynsky's photography mediates between the life we lead and the places we create that allow us to live this life. Over the past three years, Edward Burtynsky has focused his efforts and experience upon similar subjects ; this time we see a dedicated commonality. All his industries of choice are located in the vast manufacturing heart of China. Here we find the broadreaching visual survey of a society striving to provide a "better life" for its citizens.
Description du livre STEIDL. Hardcover. État : NEW. STEIDL (09/12/2005) Weight: 2208g. / 4.87 lbs Binding Hardcover Great Customer Service!. N° de réf. du libraire 9783865212528
Description du livre Steidl, 2005. État : Neuf. N° de réf. du libraire 9783865212528
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