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CHINA By Tom CarterBased on the thumbnail image of the book s cover even with the hot woman and the tasteful design and knowing only it was some kind of hotographic spread on China I feared coffee table book or worse cheesy Chinese variety that would actually mar my coffee table the sort you can find in the tourist bookshops with washed out reproductions incoherent English and sappy token displays of ethnic minorities dancing in their costumesThe actual book once in my hands is unlike any other book I ve seen including those in the Out of Left Field photojournalism genre It has a surprisingly small trim size of only 6 x 6 inches but at 638ages and over 2 inches thick and weighing almost 3 Salvage pounds it s not a small book androbably better suited to hardcover than its fragile Abraham Lincoln and Walt Whitman paper binding The weight is legitimated on the inside with the high ualityaper stock and what I d guess approaches 1000 high resolution All of This Is True photo reproductions capturing the author s two years of traveling to everyrovince of China freuently under spartan and the roughest of conditions Each rovince is refaced with a map and a concisely written Voltron: Legendary Defender pitch along with beautifully succinct haiku like captions for many of thehotos demonstrating that the author s skills as a Arifureta: From Commonplace to World's Strongest Volume 9 photographer are matched by appropriate writing talent The descriptions and the variety ofhotographic subjects rural and urban landscapes ordinary daily objects transfigured by the camera and lots and lots of unforgettable Clinical Guide to Gluten-Related Disorders people seem to form a narrative thatulls one along the lengthy book though most readers will The Oxford Book of Military Anecdotes probablyrefer to dip into it at random than go through the whole thing at one shot Regardless it fulfills its evident A Spring Betrayal purpose in being a comprehensive and enticing introduction to the country foreople who haven t been to China and eually interesting as well for those conversant with the country I myself have lived in China for 13 yearsNow for a critical angle The gold standard of intrepid or hardcore hotojournalism books and one that will robably never be eualed is surely American Pictures A Personal Journey Through the American Underclass by the Dane Jacob Holdt Holdt arrived in the US in 1971 with 40 in his Dear Austin: Letters from the Underground Railroad pocket and spent the next 5 years hitchhiking over 100000 miles through 48 states and living with 350 families taking 15000hotos selling his blood to buy film and culling them down to 700 in his book which are balanced by a substantial and moving narrative of his encounters with the many eople he met delving into their lives with a shocking empathy and intimacy often sleeping with both women and men to dialogue at the deepest human level and unflinchingly capturing with his lens the most horrific but sympathetic images of overty and decrepitudePersonally I would like to see the Chinese euivalent of Holdt s book I suspect Tom Carter may even have witnessed some such darker scenarios or ruder encounters with Kissing Another Grimaldi (Bovaghnian Rogues people and made an understandable strategic decision not to include them inasmuch as he seems to beositioning his book at the Romanticism and the Rise of English polite end of thehotojournalism spectrum calibrated not to ruffle any feathers in China where only the Out of the Shoebox: An Autobiographic Mystery positive side of things tends to beresented Thus he does not refer to himself in the first erson but adopts the objective

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the author and when he dies during extreme weather on the 5600 meter Drolma La ass if it weren t for a Ngari Numbers: The Universal Language pilgrim woman who appeared as my ownrivate Tibetan goddess of mercy literally carrying me the remainder of the spiritual circuit that s all we re told I Want I Want To Hear The Dark Side Of Travel I want to hear the dark side of travel see the underbelly of the country not just the Der Unterschied: Was den Mensch zum Menschen macht pictureerfect romotional roduct The author is certainly ualified to do this and I invite him to consider these An Atheist and a Christian Walk Into a Bar: Talking about God, the Universe, and Everything possibilities for anotherroject What a brilliant book a whistle stop tour of China including the bits the Chinese media wouldn t want you to see Gorgeous genuine candid Ella's First Exam: A Medical Exam Fiction (Ella's Exams Book 1) portraits historical and factual information andersonal anecdotes from the author truly a great read Verbal and Visual Images by an Ambassador of Good Will Tom CarterRarely does a book of richly colored hotographic images of a country and the eople that inhabit that country on every Principios de economía política page reveal so much of a culture that the book becomes an instant resource for fascinated travelers real and armchair students teachers and readers who care about thelanet we call Earth CHINA PORTRAIT OF A PEOPLE is indeed what the title suggests within the covers of this book are faces sampling the 13 billion Aunt Jane's Nieces people who inhabit the 33rovinces and the 56 cultures of the vast country of China faces that range from the new born to the elderly the healthy to the suffering the traditional culture bound with the new Westernized modern look all laced within the context of the land and the life differences in one fascinatingly diverse country 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 rovinces to learn the customs the eople s way of life the history that varies so greatly among the rovinces bo. From the subtropical jungles of Yunnan to the frozen wastes of Heilongjiang; across the scalding deserts of Xinjiang and beneath Hong Kong's neon blur Tramping through China by train bus boat motorcycle mule or hitching on the back of anything that moved On a budget so scant that he drew sympathetic stares from Beneath the Moors and Darker Places peasants Backpackinghotographer Tom Carter somehow succeeded in circumnavigating over 35000 miles 56000 kilometers across all 33 Lascia che sia felice provinces in China during a 2 yeareriod the first foreigner on record ever to do soWhat Carter found along the way and what his This Beats Working for a Living: The Dark Secrets of a College Professor photographs ultimately reveal is that China is not just onelace one eople but 33 distinct Geographical Regions Populated By regions opulated by different ethnicities each with their own languages customs and lifestylesDespite increased tourism and surging foreign investment the cultural distances between China and the West remain as vast as the oceans that separate them Carter's book CHINA Portrait of a People was The Silent Earth: The Complete Trilogy published as a means to visually introduce China to the world byroviding a glimpse into the daily lives of the ordinary eople who don't make international headlines yet whom are invariably the heart and soul of this countryMEDIA REVIEWS One of China's most extraordinary explorers The World of Chinese Part of the strength of this book is. ,

Th ancient and recent meaning within the last century and capture the land and the eople who dwell there with his camera A young olitician 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 Multiply: Disciples Making Disciples place In 2004 he traveled to the People s Republic of China as an English language teacher in Central China and in two year s time he resolved to learn about theeople who inhabit this divers and historically rich land in 2006 he began his trek by every ossible means of transportation traveling through every rovince staying is many cities soaking up the realities of life there that too often are obscured from tourists committed to learning all he could incorporating the splendors of the vistas from the Gobi Desert to the highest mountains of Tibet to the lush mountains and rivers and the seas and oceans that brush China s borders and capturing it all on film Few of us realize how disparate are the various The Lost Masters: Grace and Disgrace in '68 provinces of this great country Carter shows us these variations of religions Buddhism Muslim and variations within these and farming apparel ritual celebrations animals connections to the earth the influence of the mass changes of Westernization on the beauty of the historically significant architecture the lay of the land in the way it supports and in certain cases dooms itseople the forms of sport and entertainment compassion and revolt and the response of the The National Debt: A Short History people to theresence of an outsider Carter s hotographic images were taken with Olympus Camedia C400 camera color saturation could not be ossible than in the images we see here Another major aspect of this book is the resence on most ages of a few words by the author that so simply define the meaning behind each of the rovinces and the eople he has captured on film Each section on each of the 33 rovinces begins with a succinct description about the historical significance and the uniue aspects of that rovince At times there are bits of Les Ténébreuses - Tome I - La Fin d'un monde poetic moments shared and at time the words of someone he met are shared In all then this as complex a diary of a country as any bookresented about he vast country that is China an ancient and yet also very modern neighbor Reading and absorbing this book will Karneval, Vol. 4 provide the reader with a true sense of the cultural riches of China important the reader will feel an affinity for theseeople with whom we share life on the The Hiding Place planet Highly recommended to all readers Grady Harp When a Pixel Portrays a Hundred Thousand WordsAicture ainted a thousand words That was before Tom Carter started taking them Now it seems a ixel ortrays a hundred thousand and that s for those of us with limited imagination I first came across Tom s work through his travel writing while doing some background research for EATING SMOKE a book about the time I spent roughing it in Hong Kong and China Not only did Tom s unrestrained generosity and supercharged ositivity towards The Elephants Journey people andlace change the course of my life in the first of many kindly returned e mails but upon Sklaven für Wutawia + Gauner mit der 'Goldenen Hand' purchasing CHINA PORTRAIT OF A PEOPLE it became immediately apparent how thishilanthropic aura extends to the subjects he captures through a lens Tianjin to Tibet Shanghai to Sichuan Hong Kong to Henan Tom takes you on a serendipitous journey river deep mountain high citywide countryside to reveal the relationship between a vast enigmatic and relatively unknown land and its incredibly diverse opulation From the birthplace of Chinese civilisation on the banks of the Yellow River to the birthplace of Shaolin kung fu on the sacred eak of Song Shan to a roud mother soon to give birth in the Year of the Golden Pig to the growth Of The Christian Movement the Christian Movement Hong Kong rice in the addies of Nanjing and consumerism in Hangzhou to the demise of traditional housing in Jinan the death of a The Undisputed Greatest Writer of All Time: A Collection of Poetry puppy in Siberia s frozen wastes and the restinglaces of honoured ancestors in Macao his images usher you full circle through all walks of life in all of the Middle Kingdom s thirty three StoryBranding: Creating Stand-Out Brands Through The Power of Story provinces Tom s discerning eye combines the deliberate the subtle the fortuitous the impromptu and the random to create a candid and affecting collage that juxtaposes young and old shiny and crumbling ancient and modern humble and brash happy and sad and beauty with the occasional frank ugliness torovide an exceptional up close and It's A Wonderfully Sexy Life personal incite into aroud Lignin Biodegradation people whose individuality differs greatly and whose way of life stretches across a millennia and shows a country so swept up in thearadox of global capitalism that if not careful it will look upon CHINA PORTRAIT OF A PEOPLE in the not too distant future with nostalgia as the Pure Chance pre eminent historical record This book took me on a truly remarkable voyage one that many will be delighted to complete in armchair comfort as they flick through itsages awestruck by such an undertaking and grateful for its The Lady and the Lionheart profundity while others will reach for their backpacks further inspired to set out and snatch aeek at this extraordinary country and meet some. Its independent "SPIRIT IT'S NOT A TRAVEL GUIDE SHOWING CHINA DRESSED " It's not a travel guide showing China dressed its Sunday best or a hotojournalistic approach documenting the underbelly of the country but rather a eek at the sights Carter has seen and a corrective to both the glowing romotional images and negative media shots that we are all familiar with China Daily Tom Carter is an extraordinary hotographer whose Schilder's Struggle for the Unity of the Church powerful work captures the heart and soul of the Chineseeople Anchee Min author of Red Azalea Tom Carter's A (kinda) Country Christmas photo book is an honest and objective record of the Chinese and our way of life his camera leads us through 33 wide sweeping scenes of the real and the surreal Mian Mian author of Candy Capturing the diversity of China's 56 ethnic groups is a remarkable achievement There are a number of shots in this book that could easily grace theages of National Geographic Unless you want to undertake your own two year trek through some of the mainland's most difficult terrain to take your own shots this is a study well worth having on your bookshelf South China Morning Post In these 900 images Carter shows just how diverse the Chinese really are with their different facial features skin hues lifestyles cultures and occupations What ensues is an engaging and enlightening hoto essay of 13 billion eople Asian Geographic Passpo. ,
Of its colourful inhabitants for themselves My only criticism of Tom s contribution is when he says The snapshots in this book are not meant to be works of art If this isn t Art Tom then I don t care to see what is Carter s anthropological like study of China stands apart in its genre as it focuses expressly on the PEOPLE of China Normally I review novels Stories And I ve decided CHINA Portrait of a People by travel hotographer Tom Carter ualifies because every one of his hotographs holds an amazing story I am reviewing this book because in a country of 13 billion it s clear that Carter managed to make a National Geographic Kids Almanac 2020 personal connection with eacherson he hotographed bringing a sense of intimacy to this collection of 800 hotographs Plus Carter s epic two year backpacking journey through China is as much of a story as any of his Why Is It Always About You?: The Seven Deadly Sins of Narcissism photographsOver four thousand years of recorded history entire cultures have been absorbed into China I ve always known intellectually that China is a country of many ethnic minorities I know I am a Mainland Chinese who grew up during the 10 years of Cultural Revolution At the end of my graduate study in 1986 I went on a hitch hiking trip to Tibet with a friend of mine We had 45 RMB Yuan a camera and 4 rolls of films with us We spent a month on the road riding in the back of coal hauling trucks on the make shift engine cover in the front of old buses in the back of tractors climbing over hills and riding on the back of horses We slept in horse stables tents and sometimes for 15 yuan a night we got to sleep in a bed That was the highlight of my travel experience 1 month 4rovinces and 100 Gods and fighting men: the story of the Tuatha de Danaan and of the Fianna of Ireland, arranged and put into English by Lady Gregory photos Tom Carter has done this for 2 years across 33rovinces in China When I looked at the Charming the Firefighter photos in his book my eyes were swelled with tears the whole time Hishotos have so accurately and vividly captured the features and the characteristics of the eople from this most diversed country in the world that I call my motherland Without reading the captions I can tell that that young man is from Guangxi that girl is from Sichuan and those folks are from Heilongjiang I can hear them talk in their dialects I can feel their hopes I can touch their spirits They have aroused my desire to talk with them and laugh with them again They reminded me so much of everything I saw in my little excursion over twenty years ago It was a journey down the memory lane but it is It tells me things that I have no experience of since I have been gone away for almost 20 years I have lived in the United states for many years When I go to bookstores I am naturally attracted to the sections where I can find books about China I have not seen another book like this so real and so recent capturing all the changes that have happened in China in the last 20 30 years while at the same time showing the essence and heritage of the culture I hope eople will read this book I don t doubt that it s hard to fit this much material into one Everyone Loves Clowns and Other Tales photography book but I don t understand the author srocess of The Elements of Computing Systems: Building a Modern Computer from First Principles picking what to include On the one hand it is abouteople which makes sense given the book s title On the other hand it also includes urban images and landscapes which also makes sense given that Love's Funny That Way people s surroundings are also important However what the method toick one over the other the mix the approach is unclear A bit of introduction to material have helped introduction to the material would helped me the ictures don t speak for themselves and I did not find the randomness helpful I also didn t like the way the author referred to various types of eople If one Hitler's First War: Adolf Hitler, the Men of the List Regiment, and the First World War picture is worth a thousand words then this striking work is worth a million words At 152 x 152 cms and 638ages this book is like a box of hotos a wonderfully diverse hotographic exploration of China s Žemyn galva į Australiją people and cultureThe magic ofhotography is that it captures a glimpse in time that would otherwise be lost an insight i I worked a minimum wage job just taught grandma how to use her oven she s had for 8 years and survived Iowa I was looking for a break and I stumbled upon Tom s book At first I wondered what was lurking inside this dictionary with a uniue cover A story Or one of those boxes of candy that are made to look like a catchy book Either way strolling through Barnes and Noble I found myself always returning to stare at the book I decided I might as well get a taste of whatever was insideOpening the cover the contents can direct the reader to the different rovinces in China most I ve never heard of Each rovince section contains a written review by a local from that Último asalto province or Tom himself and each short review is followed by at least 20ages of clear Fear (Tricycle Teachings photos that try to give the reader a glimpse of China I found myself amazed of all the different ethnic minorities that make up what we call China Tom took stunninghotos of both city and farm lifeAs a cancer survivor I felt there had to be to life than Iowa I finished Tom s I Only Say This Because I Love You: How the Way We Talk Can Make or Break Family Relationships Throughout Our Lives photobook went to the door and like the fictional Frodo Baggins I bid my goodbye to the US My Mordor experience was over so it was time for an adventure to the beautiful shores of China. Rt A striking kaleidoscopic vision of China's lands andeople The Beijinger Through Carter's journey of self discovery we end up discovering a little about ourselves and a land so vast so disparate that 638 ages of hotos barely manage to scratch the surface Still CHINA Portrait of a People is a very good Conta and Boehme Porcelain Identification and Value Guide place to starteeling back the layers Time Out Hong Kong Travel hotos taken by a stranger seldom fascinate But 800 color images captured by Tom Carter as he spent two years on the road traveling 56000 kilometers through all of China's 33 rovinces make a dramatic exception Carter's weighty book takes an effort to carry home from a store But anyone interested in China should love owning it Cairns Media Magazine Getting a full icture of China a vast country with an enormous opulation a lace that is experiencing sweeping cultural 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 San Francisco Chronicle In China Portrait of a People Tom Carter shows us that there are actually dozens of Chinas The American hotojournalist spent two years traveling 35000 miles through every rovince of China by bus boat train mule motorcycle and on foot Christian Science Monitor.