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CHINA by Tom Carter Read & Download â 109 Its independent spirit It's not a travel guide showing China dressed in its Sunday best or a photojournalistic approach documenting the underbelly of the country but rather a peek at the sights Carter has seen and a corrective to both the glowing promotional images and negative media shots that we are all familiar with China Daily Tom Carter is an extraordinary photographer whose powerful work captures the heart and soul of the Chinese people Anchee Min author of Red Azalea Tom Carter's 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 the pages 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 photo essay of 13 billion people Asian Geographic Passpo. Normally I review novels Stories And I ve decided CHINA Portrait of a People by travel photographer Tom Carter ualifies because every one of his photographs 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 personal connection with each person he photographed bringing a sense of intimacy to this collection of 800 photographs Plus Carter s epic two year backpacking journey through China is as much of a story as any of his 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 that certain dialects out on the western edges of the country owe to Turkish than Mandarin But it s Carter s book that has put faces architectures landscapes and emotions to those minorities and for me that s the most wonderful thing about this book Away from the urban centres where centuries old homes are being bulldozed to build high rise office towers China is still a nation rich in diversity 56 distinct cultures and 33 provinces most of them still rural I feel grateful they have not vanished I worry that they are vanishingMost travel books look as though they were commissioned by a tourism board beautiful scenery uniue architecture regional costumes and food Carter never veers away from the uotidian that gives context to the people he portrays There are images of unexpected and beautiful scenery and plenty of colourful costumes but also harsh landscapes of extreme climates poverty ugly industrial towns the good and bad of Western influences We come face to face with ordinary people striving with great energy to improve their lives trying to find some niche where they can earn a livelihood There are families young hipsters and elderly farmers fat babies and sooty faced minersThe book itself is thoughtfully organized by province Each section opens with a simple map to position the province and the locations photographed for the reader There is a brief introduction to each province that highlights its historical significance and uniue ualities Sometimes there is poetry or uotes from someone Carter met or an anecdote Overall it feels like a very personal multi faceted travel diary crossed with a social studies book and I loved Social Studies at school by the way so this is a complimentWhat s truly amazing is that Tom Carter did not set out to create this book In 2004 he went backpacking across China for a year with the intent of learning about the lesser known regions that tour buses ignore Photography was just a way to document his trip On a very limited budget he traveled the way locals would travel by bus or train After that first year he got a book deal to publish his photos That was the impetus for his second year of travel to make sure he had captured enough images for a definitive collection As a result CHINA Portrait of a People now in its second printing has been called the most comprehensive book of photography on modern China ever published by a single author Tom shares some of his photography on Flickr This article from The Atlantic also features some wonderful shots from the book

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CHINA by Tom Carter Read & Download â 109 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 peasants Backpacking photographer Tom Carter somehow succeeded in circumnavigating over 35000 miles 56000 kilometers across all 33 provinces in China during a 2 year period the first foreigner on record ever to do soWhat Carter found along the way and what his photographs ultimately reveal is that China is not just one place one people but 33 distinct geographical regions populated by 56 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 published as a means to visually introduce China to the world by providing a glimpse into the daily lives of the ordinary people 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. 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 provinces in China most I ve never heard of Each province section contains a written review by a local from that province or Tom himself and each short review is followed by at least 20 pages of clear 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 stunning photos of both city and farm lifeAs a cancer survivor I felt there had to be to life than Iowa I finished Tom s 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

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CHINA by Tom Carter Read & Download â 109 Rt A striking kaleidoscopic vision of China's lands and people 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 pages of photos barely manage to scratch the surface Still CHINA Portrait of a People is a very good place to start peeling back the layers Time Out Hong Kong Travel photos 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 provinces 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 picture of China a vast country with an enormous population a place 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 photojournalist spent two years traveling 35000 miles through every province of China by bus boat train mule motorcycle and on foot Christian Science Monitor. Based 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 photographic 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 photojournalism genre It has a surprisingly small trim size of only 6 x 6 inches but at 638 pages and over 2 inches thick and weighing almost 3 pounds it s not a small book and probably better suited to hardcover than its fragile paper binding The weight is legitimated on the inside with the high uality paper stock and what I d guess approaches 1000 high resolution photo reproductions capturing the author s two years of traveling to every province of China freuently under spartan and the roughest of conditions Each province is prefaced with a map and a concisely written pitch along with beautifully succinct haiku like captions for many of the photos demonstrating that the author s skills as a photographer are matched by appropriate writing talent The descriptions and the variety of photographic subjects rural and urban landscapes ordinary daily objects transfigured by the camera and lots and lots of unforgettable people seem to form a narrative that pulls one along the lengthy book though most readers will probably prefer to dip into it at random than go through the whole thing at one shot Regardless it fulfills its evident purpose in being a comprehensive and enticing introduction to the country for people 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 photojournalism books and one that will probably 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 pocket and spent the next 5 years hitchhiking over 100000 miles through 48 states and living with 350 families taking 15000 photos 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 people 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 poverty 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 people and made an understandable strategic decision not to include them inasmuch as he seems to be positioning his book at the polite end of the photojournalism spectrum calibrated not to ruffle any feathers in China where only the positive side of things tends to be presented Thus he does not refer to himself in the first person but adopts the objective reportorial the author and when he almost dies during extreme weather on the 5600 meter Drolma La pass if it weren t for a Ngari pilgrim woman who appeared as my own private 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 and see the underbelly of the country not just the picture perfect promotional product The author is certainly ualified to do this and I invite him to consider these possibilities for another project


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    Free read º E-book, or Kindle E-pub î Tom Carter CHINA by Tom Carter (E–pub/E–book) × Tom Carter Tom Carter î 9 characters Verbal and Visual Images by an Ambassador of Good Will Tom CarterRarely does a book of richly colored photographic images of a country and the people that inhabit that country on every page reveal so much of a cult

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    Tom Carter î 9 characters Free read º E-book, or Kindle E-pub î Tom Carter CHINA by Tom Carter (E–pub/E–book) × Tom Carter If one picture is worth a thousand words then this striking work is worth a million words At 152 x 152 cms and 638 pages this book is like a box of photos – a wonderfully diverse photographic exploration of China’s people and cultureThe magic of photography is that it captures a glimpse in time that would otherwise be lost an insight into another world This is a book that belongs on the coffee table not th

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    CHINA by Tom Carter (E–pub/E–book) × Tom Carter Tom Carter î 9 characters Read & Download CHINA by Tom Carter 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 portraits historical and factual information and personal anecdotes from the author truly a great read

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    CHINA by Tom Carter (E–pub/E–book) × Tom Carter Free read º E-book, or Kindle E-pub î Tom Carter Tom Carter î 9 characters Carter's anthropological like study of China stands apart in its genre as it focuses expressly on the PEOPLE of China

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    Read & Download CHINA by Tom Carter CHINA by Tom Carter (E–pub/E–book) × Tom Carter Free read º E-book, or Kindle E-pub î Tom Carter I don't doubt that it's hard to fit this much material into one photography book but I don't understand the author's process of picking what to include On the one hand it is about people which makes sense given the book's title On the other hand it also includes urban images and landscapes which also makes sense given t

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    CHINA by Tom Carter (E–pub/E–book) × Tom Carter Based 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 photographic spread on China I feared coffee table book or worse cheesy Chinese variety th

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    CHINA by Tom Carter (E–pub/E–book) × Tom Carter When a Pixel Portrays a Hundred Thousand WordsA picture painted a thousand words That was before Tom Carter started taking them Now it seems a pixel portrays a hundred thousand and that's for those of us with limi

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