China: Portrait of a People

China: Portrait of a People

TomCarter / Jul 20, 2019

China Portrait of a People 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 motorc

  • Title: China: Portrait of a People
  • Author: TomCarter
  • ISBN: 9789889979942
  • Page: 308
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 suFrom 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 35,000 miles 56,000 kilometers across all 33 provinces in China during a 2 year period, the first foreigner on record ever to do so.What 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 lifestyles.Despite 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 countryDIA REVIEWS One of China s most extraordinary explorers The World of Chinese Part of the strength of this book is 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 1.3 billion people Asian Geographic Passport 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 56,000 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 35,000 miles through every province of China by bus, boat, train, mule, motorcycle, and on foot Christian Science Monitor

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        Tom Carter spent 2 straight years backpacking a groundbreaking 35,000 miles across all 33 Chinese provinces, and was named one of China s foremost explorers by The World of Chinese magazine His first book CHINA Portrait of a People has been hailed as the most comprehensive book of photography on modern China ever published by a single author He is also the editor of Unsavory Elements, an anthology about foreign expats in China He co authored a Chinese language travelogue, The Farther I Walk, The Closer I Get To Me , , with his wife Hong Mei about their year backpacking together across India Tom was born and raised in the City of San Francisco and has called China home since 2004DIA REVIEWS OF TOM s BODY OF WORK CHINA Portrait of a People 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 One of China s most extraordinary explorers The World of Chinese 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 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 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 35,000 miles through every province of China by bus, boat, train, mule, motorcycle, and on foot Christian Science MonitorUNSAVORY ELEMENTS Great vignettes from world class writersa celebration of the outsider s experience in China, in all of its juiciness and fetid rancour Time Out Shanghai The result is a highly readable, often humorous, and at times brilliant book that is unerringly direct the authors gathered together here do not shy away from troublesome issues Asian Correspondent The title dis serves theme range, humor and insights in this book place it among the best of its kind Asia Sentinel Funny, poignant, and wrye outcome is a depth and variety about the expat experience and life in China that is almost unsurpassed Asian Review of Books A surprisingly refreshing, instead of rehashing, collection of essays, written by professionals, instead of amateurs times hilarious, at times beautiful, but always relatable China.Org Although other anthologies have featured outstanding journalism about China by Western writers, Carter s collection is the first to focus on the wide ranging experiences of foreigners living in China China Daily


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    1. 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 sometime [...]


    2. 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 unique 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 inside.Openi [...]


    3. 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 culture that the book becomes an instant resource for fascinated travelers (real and armchair), students, teachers, and readers who care about the planet we call Earth. CHINA: PORTRAIT OF A PEOPLE is indeed what the title suggests: within the covers of this book are more faces sampling th [...]


    4. Normally I review novels. Stories. And I’ve decided CHINA: Portrait of a People by travel photographer Tom Carter qualifies because every one of his photographs holds an amazing story. I am reviewing this book because in a country of 1.3 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 [...]


    5. If one picture is worth a thousand words, then this striking work is worth a million words. At 15.2 x 15.2 cms and 638 pages this book is more like a box of photos – a wonderfully diverse photographic exploration of China’s people and culture.The 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 the bookshelf. A treasure to be shared. Thank you, Tom Carter.


    6. 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.


    7. Carter's anthropological-like study of China stands apart in its genre, as it focuses expressly on the PEOPLE of China.


    8. 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 costumes.The actual book, once in my hands, is unlike any other book [...]


    9. 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 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 positivity towards peo [...]


    10. Tom Carter's photography book CHINA: Portrait of a People (second printing 2013, Blacksmith Books) is a remarkable photo-essay of China today, broad in scope and comprehensive of subject. Even when contrasted with the work of his predecessors, discussed below, there is something more about this book: a remarkable depth of insight, understanding, and feeling that Carter (1973-), an indigent wanderer from San Francisco, acquired for a people whose language he knew only slightly at the time he took [...]


    11. Tom Carter's visual journey through China allows us to vicariously drink in an immensely diverse culture. The unexpected can be found on almost any page; prostitution in macau, punk hair in Changsha, a beautiful baby in Gongtan, and the mentally ill in Luoyang. I learned a lot about China by looking at it's pages, the presence of Islam, street corner dentists pulling teeth, and other surprises. Normally I would call this a spoiler but there are just so many surprises in this book that I'm barely [...]


    12. This is a book that, from the outset, looks unassuming and tidy, but as soon as you open the pages, it's like taking a long, beautiful walk through China. Tom Carter's photography is so evocative and personal that I immediately felt transported back to China, a place I've known for many years but never like this. The structure of the book, which leads you through various regions of China via brief captions and a range of photographs—of people, architecture, scenery, etc.—is the perfect way t [...]


    13. Coffee table books have become an outdated medium now that digital photography, smart phones, apps and the internet have taken over our society. And yet, there remain some books that simply must be seen on paper and held in your hands to be fully appreciated.Tom Carter’s China portraits are one such example. To view any of the images in this book independent of the collection would leave little impact on the reader. But taken as a whole, one can begin to grasp the vast mileage, endless interac [...]


    14. Gorgeous photos, all the more special because they were shot on a 4-megapixel point-and-shoot, taken during a groundbreaking journey by a true pioneer who relied on personal resolve instead of big budgets to get him through 2 years and 35,000-miles!I really don’t know any other photographer who could accomplish what Mr. Carter has. For this reason alone this collection deserves to be showcased on every armchair traveler’s bookshelf.I must apologize to Mr. Carter for the 3 stars, but the smal [...]


    15. Aside from literary standards such as Peter Hessler’s River Town, I can’t think of any better book to prepare travelers for China than this collection of photography.It surpasses all other China coffee table books in both scope and depth, and its distinctive cube size offers portability and easy viewing.The photos range from scenery shots to intense portraiture to candid street photography. The work was completed on the cusp of the digital revolution, so the image quality is not "perfect" an [...]


    16. The photos are indispensible. The format of the book, however, leaves something to be desired. Not comfortable to peruse through as you often have to crack the spine just to read a bit of text and see the whole picture. Also, the author seems to have randomly chosen to comment on some of the photos, but not all. He also seems to have a fetish for Chinese/Asian women that comes through. Again, great pics, but the presentation could have been thought out better. It is also extremely hard to find n [...]


    17. I first started travelling in China in the early 1980s when it started to open up after the Cultural Revolution. I travelled by train to Kunming, Sichuan and Mongolia, I cycled cross country through Fujian, Guangzhou and Hainan, sailed down the Yangtse (leaving just 3 days before the Tian An Man massacre). These photographs capture the fleeting present of an on-rushing China. What an extraordinary time these last 30 years have been. Tom Carter has captured an extraordinary amount. I hope to see [...]


    18. A talented amateur travel photographer takes us on a deluxe visual tour through the 33 provinces and autonomous regions of China, concentrating his lens on rural villages and developing cities, and the denizens therein caught in the middle of the war between progress and tradition. The collection as a whole is groundbreaking and worthy of praise, but might have benefitted by taking advantage of digital enhancement tools.


    19. This book is an impressive, ambitious project. The photographs are breathtaking and the journalism is superb. I so delighted in this book that I purchased an extra copy to send to my father as a gift. My father also enjoyed flipping through the book immensely. Kudos to Tom Carter for a job well done and to the publisher, Pete Spurrier, for having the insight and instinct to make this book a reality! Such a gift to us all.


    20. Whether you're a photographer looking for a great example of what travel photography should be or interested in China and its people, this book should live on your shelf. You'll never get a more intimate look in this type of book.


    21. wish the book was bigger. the pictures and writing kinda small. But great pictures and I am envious for such an adventure. I liked how each chapter had the area he was visiting highlighted against a total map of China so one could really see where he was going.


    22. The images are beautiful, and the design of the book is excellent. To learn more, read an interview with Tom Carter on Words With Writers: wordswithwriters/2012/12/2


    23. A view of China in every corner and from every angle. Full of evocative and beautiful portraits, landscapes and glimpses of peoples lives.


    24. Engrossing collection of photography taken by backpacker extraordinaire Tom Carter during a 2-year tramp across China’s 33 provinces. Candid street life captures mixed in with intimate portraits and sweeping scenery.Each chapter is divided by province, beginning with Beijing in the east and concluding with Tibet in the far west. The photos are gritty and non-photoshopped – a refreshing dose of realism in today’s over-processed digital galleries.


    25. China is a country of spectacular sites, many which have made the World Heritage list, as well as gleaming megalopolises that are the future of this world. Yet Tom Carter chooses to focus his lens on average ordinary people, impoverished villages and old city lanes that are about to be torn down. One must ask what Carter’s true motive is by showing this grubby side of Chinese culture?


    26. What I like about this book is how it never seems to end. Apparently there are over 800 snapshots, and despite being ordered by province and city, you really can just flip through any page at leisure, go backward or foreword, which I suppose is how the author conducted his trip across China.


    27. Infinite assortment of snapshots from China’s 33 provinces. Carter is reportedly one of the few foreigners to have ever made this journey, and I have yet to see any other photo book about China match this one in terms of scope and depth. 5 well-deserved stars!


    28. Beautiful assortment of photos spanning the farthest regions of China occasionally marred by the photographer’s penchant for prostitutes, including a close-up of two karaoke “hostesses” kissing.


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