China: The Photographs of Lois Conner

China: The Photographs of Lois Conner

by Lois Conner, Jonathan Spence, Geremie R. Barme, Lois Conner, Geremie Barme
     
 
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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

New York Times Book Review
... Lois Conner has been using an old panoramic camera to take pictues of landscapes and peopled places that attest to the tonal riches of black-and-white photography... Ms. Conner has been mirroring the ethereal beauty of Chinese vistas in her panoramic platinum prints. Although this show, devoted to images taken mostly in China in the 1990's and accompanied by a book, China: The Photographs of Lois Conner (Callaway), displays Ms. Conner's supurb command of the unwieldy banquet camera, it accentuates the advantages and disadvantages of this format...
Village Voice
Lois Conner's extraordinary photographs of China - now included in a drop-dead gorgeous, oversize book from Callaway -are in the smaller room here...Conner uses an antique banquet camera for panoramic pictures that are remarkably precise, and she prints on vellum in a platinum process that gives that precision a tactile warmth, but all this would mean little if she didn't also have an eye and a heart. You can't miss evidence of both in this engrossing show.
Library Journal - Library Journal
Since 1985, Conner has hauled a 40-pound banquet camera around China. This camera produces 7" x 17" negatives, which give her a panoramic view of the large, visually complex nation. The foreword by Jonathan Spence (sinology, Yale Univ.) is both an appreciation of Conner's work and a useful guide to the politics, culture, and economics that lie beneath her photographs. China, as presented here, is both a dusty relic and a carelessly patched together place full of dangling wires, unfinished projects, and flimsy-looking architecture that is an enduring eyesore. The Chinese, who move in and out of these images, are not camera shy; they appear ready for the modern world while often dwelling where it intersects with a muddy path through a shantytown. There is little beauty here, but there are carefully composed and lovingly textured images of a China that has mysteries yet to be revealed. Conner has made an important visual contribution for all Westerners interested in China. Expensive but recommended.--David Bryant, New Canaan Lib., CT Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780935112573
Publisher:
Callaway Editions, Incorporated
Publication date:
10/01/1900
Pages:
152
Product dimensions:
16.80(w) x 11.02(h) x 1.05(d)

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