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China
     

China

by Yann Layma (Photographer)
 

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No Western photographer is as intimately acquainted with China as Yann Layma, who spent nearly half of his twenty-year career working there. Layma’s reportage of this vast country is extraordinarily complete: he portrays city and country, traditional customs and the shock of modernity, and every aspect of public and private life. His style is personal and

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No Western photographer is as intimately acquainted with China as Yann Layma, who spent nearly half of his twenty-year career working there. Layma’s reportage of this vast country is extraordinarily complete: he portrays city and country, traditional customs and the shock of modernity, and every aspect of public and private life. His style is personal and poetic, and he is alive to nuances of gesture and expression. From the classical architecture of the Great Wall to the skyscrapers of up-to-the minute Shanghai, he captures the essence of one of the world’s great nations.

With an introduction by Layma and five essays by highly regarded writers—including Da Sijie, author of the celebrated novel Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress—this smaller, giftable edition of China will be a wonderful introduction to this fascinating country, filled with illuminating juxtapositions of old and new.

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Publishers Weekly
From 41-year-old French photographer Layma comes this paean to a huge and diverse land in 240 striking full-bleeds. This 11" x 14" book was first published in France, and it takes readers from Shenyang to Qingdao, Urumchi, Kunming, Guangzhou and beyond, showing people, places and things at every point along the way. (Nov.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810970915
Publisher:
Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
Publication date:
04/01/2008
Pages:
424
Product dimensions:
7.50(w) x 9.63(h) x 1.25(d)

Meet the Author

Yann Layma has been a freelance photographer for more than 20 years. His work appears regularly in Paris Match, GEO, and The Sunday Times.

Anne Loussouarn is a writer who collaborates with Layma.

Catherine Zittoun is a writer, poet, and theater producer.

Writer and director Zao Wou-ki is a Paris-based artist.

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