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Titre : China : The Photographs of Lois Conner
Éditeur : Callaway, New York
Date d'édition : 2000
Reliure : Illustrated Boards
Etat du livre : Near Fine
Etat de la jaquette : No Jacket
Edition : 1st Printing
151pp/illus. An oversized book with striking, wide angle, panoramic, large format black and white views of China. The photographs were taken between 1984 and 1999, many in Guangxi Province which have the feel of Chinese scroll paintings. Clean. N° de réf. du libraire 008144
An astonishing magnum opus by one of today's great women photographers documenting the subtle beauty and dramatically changing face of China.
For the past fifteen years Lois Conner has traveled alone throughout China equipped with a huge banquet camera. She photographs the landscapes and the people, documenting the ancient and unchanging geological terrain as well as the social and cultural upheaval of contemporary China. Her camera, which weighs forty pounds, produces a negative that is seven inches high and seventeen inches wide, enabling her to make breathtaking panoramas.
Conner arrived in China on the first of many journeys in 1984, cherishing an affinity for traditional scroll paintings. Hoping to create images that emulated the scrolls' striking blend of pristine detail and panoramic scope, she used a seven-by-seventeen-inch banquet camera (quite a bulky contraption to haul across the rugged countryside and through bustling cities), but her stunning black-and-white photographs--printed full-size on fine paper with a platinum process that gives them, in her words, an "ethereal subtlety"--ended up being far more mysterious and complex. Each lustrous image, whether it depicts the abruptly vertical mountains of Guangxi, or a profusion of lotus leaves, or a group portrait, draws the eye deeper and deeper as it discloses layer after layer of reflections and shadows. Conner has climbed to great heights to frame immense vistas of breathtaking, even divine beauty, and focused on a more human scale to absorb tactile nuances, achieving at every range a remarkable and thrilling degree of dimensionality and drama. Donna Seaman
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